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Sprint has big plans for its WiMAX technology, including up to $5 billion in investments

Sprint Nextel described plans during the Sprint Ahead Technology Summit regarding its WiMAX services. Rather than simply calling it WiMAX, Sprint will market the technology as “XOHM” – pronounced like ZOAM.

A soft launch of the WiMAX network is expected by the end of 2007 in the Chicago and Baltimore/Washington markets. XOHM commercial services are expected to be available beginning in the first half of 2008. The company expects to begin offering 4G mobile broadband services up to two years ahead of other national wireless carriers.

Barry West, president of 4G Mobile Broadband and Sprint’s CTO, noted that XOHM is “expected to mobilize the Internet by driving the convergence of telecommunications, consumer electronics and the computer industries. WiMAX service is being designed to create synergies among disparate industries through an ecosystem of chipsets, devices, networks, services/content and distribution to deliver broadband with speeds up to five times faster than current third-generation wireless devices.” West added that ecosystem partners, including Google, have committed to embed 50 million WiMAX chipsets in devices.

Under its planned network sharing agreement with Clearwire, which was announced last month, Sprint Nextel currently expects the network buildout to reach 100 million people by the end of 2008 with Sprint providing coverage to 70 million and Clearwire to 30 million people. Sprint’s coverage is expected to grow to approximately 125 million people by the end of 2010. At that level of buildout, the potential market would include an estimated 48 million U.S. households, nearly 5 million small office/home office subscribers, and more than 130 million consumer electronics devices – according to Sprint’s estimates.

Sprint Nextel expects to invest approximately $2.5 billion in capital for WiMAX through year-end 2008. Beyond 2008, network build is expected to be increasingly success-based. The company currently expects that extending its coverage to approximately 125 million people by year-end 2010 would require an additional capital expenditure of approximately $2.5 billion for a total investment of $5 billion.

The WiMAX initiative is expected to generate positive Free Cash Flow beginning in 2011 as the annual OIBDA contribution is expected to exceed capital expenditures, working capital and other cash requirements.



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RE: Awesome!
By BioHazardous on 8/17/2007 10:29:43 AM , Rating: 2
I haven't put much research into mobile broadband or any of the new wireless technology out there for cell phones. I'm guessing in the next year I'm going to upgrade my cell phone, and want to have the ability to have a broadband connection with it. Not so much for surfing the web on my phone, I don't care too much for that. What I'm really interested in doing is building an in dash PC for my car with an external GPS device and the ability to connect to my cell phone's mobile broadband connection. That way I could have a GPS system in my car that links up with like google earth.

That and be able to play warfish at work whenever I want since my work blocks a lot of websites :)

Anyway, my whole point in posting is to get comments from people about what they think about mobile broadband, the different carriers, technologies and devices available today and what's in the pipe for release soon.


RE: Awesome!
By therealnickdanger on 8/17/2007 10:40:21 AM , Rating: 2
For starters, you should check out the Sprintusers.com forum and search for PDANet threads. Lots of good info. You would be wise to invest (free with new subscription) in a PDA phone like the Moto Q.


RE: Awesome!
By JWalk on 8/18/2007 8:01:38 PM , Rating: 2
I second that. I have a Q through Sprint, and I am enjoying EV-DO. I can watch TV on it from my Slingbox, listen to Sirius radio, or tether it to my laptop for mobile internet. Happy with my purchase so far. :)


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