Sprint WiMax Network Going Live in Q4 2007

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We reported Tuesday about Sprint Nextel's WiMax broadband wireless network it was planning to build
using WiMax technology. Now, the company says it's going to start laying down some serious money to make this happen, vowing to spend $3 billion over the next two years to build the WiMax network. The advantage for us? Nothing short of accessing video, music, voice and even video calls wherever we are and whenever we want. Is anybody thinking the current wireless "broadband" service EV-DO is fast? Says Sprint CEO Gary Forsee:

"The 4G network will be four times faster than today's EV-DO network. And at these speeds, it's all about lighting up new devices. Imagine accessing YouTube.com and MySpace.com literally on the fly."


Hey, they're serious about this. It might happen sooner than anticipated, too—Sprint said the network would go live in the fourth quarter of 2007, adding that 100 million users would be on that network by the end of 2008. The best news for us is that this really is going to be similar to cable broadband service if these suits aren't lying, and they're saying the average download speeds will be between 2mbps and 4Mbps. Bring it.

Sprint bets $3bn on 4G WiMax network [Silicon.com]


Joshua Carmody

My main concern with this is what they're going to charge. I love wireless internet, I'd love to have a pocket-sized WiMax web surfing device, and I'd buy nation-wide connectivity for my laptop if it were reasonably priced. Unfortunately, Sprint has a history of charging a rediculous amount of money for data services. Here's hoping they don't repeat past mistakes.