WiMax Expansion News

(26 Mar 2009, BWCS Staff)

US mobile operator Sprint has announced plans to roll out its nascent WiMax service across the US. At the same time, in the Philippines, Globe Telecom said it too had launched a WiMax service designed to extend coverage of broadband services to more Filipinos.

In the US, Sprint said it will extend its WiMax networks into ten major urban areas including, Atlanta; Charlotte; Chicago; Dallas; Fort Worth; Honolulu; Las Vegas; Philadelphia; Portland; and Seattle. The American cellular company launched its WiMax services in Baltimore in September of last year, following an agreement with Clearwire to combine their WiMax businesses.

The joint venture, which retained the Clearwire name, has several headline investors including Comcast, Intel, Google and Time Warner Cable. This year alone, the company plans to invest between US$1.5 billion and US$1.9 billion to launch the new WiMax services. Next year, Sprint says it will have WiMax up and running in Boston, Houston New York, Washington and the San Francisco area.

In addition to its network expansion, Sprint said it has several new devices planned for this year and next, including a single-mode WiMax data card, embedded laptops, a small-office-home-office broadband modem and a tri-mode phone. Sprint was the first wireless carrier to offer access to both networks on one device - the 3G-WiMax USB Modem U300.

In the Philippines Globe Telecom said its network is the first and largest 2.5Ghz WiMax (802.16e) broadband network in Southeast Asia. The company said its WiMax service, which starts this month will offer users a high-speed Internet plan that let them surf the Web for a relatively low fee.


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