Sprint 4G will soon offer Portland residents wireless network connectivity three to five times faster than today’s 3G from any wireless network
PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 21, 2009--
Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced that turbo-charged Sprint 4G mobile
broadband will be available in Portland beginning in August. This will
make Portland residents among the first in America to experience the
lightning-fast speeds of the first wireless 4G network from a national
Sprint 4G will offer a hot spot the size of a city to both businesses
and consumers. Customers will experience fast mobile broadband speeds
across Portland provided by a proven nationwide mobile broadband
carrier. The first national carrier to test, launch and market wireless
4G technology, Sprint was also the first to offer access to both 3G and
4G with the 3G/4G USB Modem U300. Portland consumers will be able to
access super-fast mobile broadband speeds on the go, and business
customers will also be able to take advantage of Sprint’s ability to
combine its 4G capability into its product offering along with its
extensive suite of wireless-wireline integration and Global IP
solutions, as well as the nation’s most dependable 3G network*.
Additional information about Sprint 4G launch plans and services in
Portland will be announced in August.
Sprint 4G customers will step up to wireless connections that deliver
peak downlink speeds of more than 10 Mbps and average downlink speeds of
3-6 Mbps. Sprint 4G speeds and capabilities are three to five times
faster than the 3G service offered by any national wireless carrier
today, based on average download speeds.
Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008, then
by launching the first dual-mode 3G/4G USB Modem device in December. The
roll-out of 4G in other major markets in 2009 continues to deliver on
Sprint’s promise to offer a faster Internet experience than any other
national wireless service provider in cities across the nation. In
addition to Portland, Atlanta and Las Vegas in August, Sprint also plans
to deploy Sprint 4G in these markets in 2009: Charlotte, Chicago,
Dallas, Ft. Worth, Honolulu, Philadelphia and Seattle.
Sprint is harnessing the power of 4G as the largest shareholder of Clearwire
with a 51 percent stake in this independent company that is building the
WiMAX network. Sprint is the only national wireless carrier to offer 4G
services on the Clearwire WiMAX network.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including
two wireless networks serving more than 49 million customers at the end
of the first quarter of 2009; industry-leading mobile data services;
instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a
global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
*“Dependable” based on independent, third-party drive tests for
3G data connection success, session reliability and signal strength for
the top 50 most populous markets from January 2008 to February 2009. Not
all services available on 3G and coverage may default to separate
network when 3G unavailable.
Stephanie Vinge-Walsh, 310-213-0039