Sprint Announces WiMAX Partners, Adds Planned Markets

Sprint Nextel Corp. laid out more concrete plans for its 4G mobile WiMAX strategy at CTIA this week, unveiling device ecosystem partners.

Sprint will partner to incorporate WiMAX technology in a range of computing, portable multimedia, interactive and other business and consumer electronic devices.

The new partners include:

Samsung will provide PC cards in both single WiMAX mode and dual CDMA 1xEV DO/WiMAX mode.

ZTE Corp., China’s largest listed telecommunications manufacturer, will supply multiple WiMAX 802.16e devices including PC cards in express and USB form factors as well as advanced modem solutions

ZyXEL Communications Inc. will supply modem products.

Sprint also announced the launch of a new WiMAX Device and Chipset Ecosystem program to facilitate the dialog between chipset and device makers. The program is designed to guide manufacturers on required specifications, features, functionality and product design.

“Sprint has taken a leadership role in the WiMAX network development arena and is working with other technology leaders to quickly bring advanced mobile broadband services to reality,” said Barry West, president, 4G Mobile Broadband for Sprint. “Recent developments attest to the viability of our strategy, as more companies align with our vision and apply their expertise to the momentum building behind Sprint WiMAX services.”

The operator says first service launches are expected in several markets by the end of the year, widespread commercial service by April 2008 and a footprint of 100 million people across the country by the end of 2008.

This week Sprint also announced additional markets and network partners for the 2008 launch calendar. Motorola will develop Chicago, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Mich., Indianapolis, Kansas City and Minneapolis; Samsung will develop Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Providence, R.I., and Washington, D.C.; Nokia will develop Austin, Texas, Dallas, Denver, Fort Worth, Texas, Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City, San Antonio and Seattle.

Sprint Nextel Corp.

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