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WiMax up and running in L.A., Miami, D.C., Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio

Sprint has announced the expansion of its 4G WiMAX network to six new major metropolitan areas today. Sprint customers in Los Angeles; Miami; Washington, D.C.,; Cleveland; Cincinnati; and Columbus, Ohio, can now all take advantage of the high-speed network.

With the addition of the six new cities, Sprint's 4G network is now available in 68 markets across the United States, with San Francisco expected to join the fold on December 28.

We have witnessed a great demand from our customers for 4G speeds, power and capabilities in these cities already and today they officially have it,” Matt Carter, president-Sprint 4G, said in a press release. “We are proud to deliver on our commitment to serve our customers and deliver 4G to more major metropolitan areas in 2010.”

Sprint has been preparing for the major launches in L.A. and San Francisco for months. The company originally planned to cover 63 markets by year's end, but that number appears to have been expanded over the last month.

Sprint and Clearwire (which Sprint owns through majority-stock) are the only two companies in the U.S. that have employed WiMAX as their 4G wireless technology. While Clearwire has begun testing Long Term Evolution (LTE), Sprint has openly admitted that its spotty 4G coverage has cost it customers. And Sprint has not ruled out employing LTE -- like VerizonAT&T, and T-Mobileplan to -- in the future.

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Reconsidering LTE is probably a good idea for Sprint
By DanNeely on 11/29/2010 9:27:22 AM , Rating: 1
With 3g it didn't matter that Sprint's coverage was spotty, because they could roam onto Verizon's network. TMobile could do the same with ATT's. As the only major Wimax/HSPA+ networks in the US neither will have the opportunity to do so with their 4g phones.

By MeesterNid on 11/29/2010 9:31:52 AM , Rating: 2
In all fairness most of the talk of LTE explosion has been just Weren't they (Verizon and AT&T) projecting LTE deployment being well on the way in 2010. As far as I know it's barely starting and it's the end of the year.

It'll be interesting to see how this goes.

RE: Reconsidering LTE is probably a good idea for Sprint
By Shig on 11/29/2010 9:54:55 AM , Rating: 3
LTE and Wimax are complementary 4G technologies. Having both is a good thing.

LTE will most likely be the access technology of choice with Wimax being the backhaul support. What good would LTE be offering 100Mbps only to get strangled by aging T1/copper lines. Yeah I'm looking at you AT&T.

By DanNeely on 11/29/2010 10:37:07 AM , Rating: 2
The bandwidth needed for an LTE cell is high enough that I assume ATT will be required to hook them directly into a higher speed network than DSL; either a T$$$ line, or UVerse (fiber to the neighborhood).

By HrilL on 11/29/2010 11:54:28 AM , Rating: 2
Not likely. Wimax is fail for a backhaul tech. Even multiplexed over many channels you'd still not get the speeds you need for 100Mbps client access.

While at&t does currently have many towers still running off of 2-3 (3-4.5Mbps) T1 Lines even a T3 (45Mbps) is too slow for modern day standards. Fiber to each cell site is really the only way to have the bandwidth you need.

By The0ne on 11/29/2010 1:45:24 PM , Rating: 2
AT&T will milk you dry before then consider upgrading their aging lines. The new management team is great in milking consumers. Research it :)

By quiksilvr on 11/29/2010 10:50:44 AM , Rating: 2
Verizon did mention in a commercial that something LTE related will launch in December 2010. It ain't over 'til it's over.

By Shig on 11/29/2010 11:50:39 AM , Rating: 3
We all know how much the good ole US telecoms like spending money on infrastructure =D

By rudy on 11/29/2010 5:27:11 PM , Rating: 2
At one time 3g was the same you need to start somewhere and the people who live in those cities which measure in the 10s of millions do care. Which is exactly why they roll out in big cities first.

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