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Sprint Nextel Is Upgrading The System

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posted on Aug, 8 2006 @ 10:47 PM
Sprint Nextel Corp. is joining forces with Wimax, to upgrade and better Sprints high speed phone service. Sprint is expected to spend $ 1 billion dollars on the first year of its new service upgrade. Sprint is chasing this endeavor of having the fastest wireless phone service and internet in the world.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Sprint Nextel Corp., the nation's third-largest cellular provider, said Tuesday it will use an emerging technology called WiMax to build a new high-speed wireless network.

The company said the new network, expected to launch in some markets by late 2007, will provide customers with wireless Internet speeds on par with DSL and cable TV modems and four times faster than speeds available on current wireless networks.

Gary Forsee, Sprint's chief executive, said during a teleconference that Intel Corp. will be supplying equipment to build the network while Motorola Inc. and Samsung Telecommunications America will develop WiMax-compatible phones and mobile devices.

Sprint expects to spend about $1 billion on the initiative in 2007, and between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in 2008. Forsee didn't specify to what extent the other companies might help offset Sprint's costs, saying those details will come later this year when Sprint provides financial guidance for 2007.

The new WiMax network would provide download speeds of between 2 megabits per second and 4 mbps. That's in the same range as today's typical broadband offerings over phone and cable wires, but considerably slower than the speeds those providers are starting to offer as they upgrade their networks.

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This partnership sounds like a great mix, Wimax and Sprint. For Sprint Internet users this would mean and incredible increase in the speed of service and also for cell phones. Sprint will chase this goal of having its entire network upgraded by 2007. This plan will revolutionize the market and area of wireless capabilities for years to come. The new system will be a great help to the already growing multimillion person network.
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posted on Aug, 11 2006 @ 03:59 PM
This will certainly make alot of laptop owners quite happy, as wireless networks seem to be pretty hard to find, unless you have your own wireless network at home, like I do.

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