Sprint Launches EV-DO Rev. A

Sprint Nextel Corp. announced Tuesday it has implemented CDMA2000 EV-DO Revision A technology in San Diego, the first of 21 markets scheduled to be upgraded this year. It is the first carrier to commercially deploy the super 3G upgrade in the United States.

Sprint’s existing EV-DO network, Power Vision, covers more than 164 million people with average upload speeds of 50-70kbps. The Rev. A upgrade will bring average upload speeds of 300-400 kbps, the company said. Average download speeds should also increase to 450-800 kbps from 400-700 kbps. The carrier expects the faster speeds will bolster adoption of applications such as all IP video telephony, high-performance push-to-talk, multi-user video conferencing, real-time gaming, and video streaming of content and live Web cams.

Sprint has rolled out broadband cards in advance of the network turnup. It offers three network cards for the PC, from Novatel, Sierra Wireless and Pantech, which function on the existing network as well as the Rev. A upgrade.

“Sprint’s mobile broadband leadership is unmatched. Not only do we have the largest mobile broadband network, but with the upgraded EV-DO Revision A technology Sprint Power Vision will also be the fastest wireless broadband network in the country,” said Kathy Walker, chief network officer for Sprint. “The power of Sprint’s networks, especially with this EV-DO Revision A upgrade, allows Sprint to deliver a mobile broadband experience to our customers that no other carrier can provide.”

EV-DO Rev. A coverage in most markets will initially be concentrated in airports and business districts where wireless data demand is highest but will expand to include Sprint’s entire market footprint. Overall, Sprint plans to reach more than 200 million people in the United States with mobile broadband data services in 220 major metropolitan areas by the end of the year. Of that, 40 million will have access to Rev. A. Sprint expects to completely upgrade the network to the faster EV-DO Revision A by the third quarter of 2007.

Sprint Nextel Corp.

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