Big Apple To Get Better Broadband in 2008 Through Sprint’s Mobile
RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 27, 2007--Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) announced today that Samsung Telecommunications America has been awarded the New York area market for mobile WiMAX network infrastructure in preparation for Xohm(TM) mobile Internet services availability to customers in that region beginning in late 2008.
Sprint is developing with ecosystem partners a nationwide advanced wireless broadband network designed to mobilize the Internet, bring wireless innovation to devices and deliver new mobile multimedia applications to consumer, business and government customers. The mobile WiMAX network can deliver broadband access with speeds up to five times faster than current third-generation wireless networks and will be marketed under the Xohm(TM) (pronounced "zoam") brand.
Samsung was previously awarded the Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston and Providence, R.I., markets. The New York award is part of an extensive, multi-year supply agreement, and encompasses New York City, Nassau-Suffolk and Jersey City, N.J. It also includes northern and central New Jersey the Newark, Bergen-Passaic, Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon and Monmouth-Ocean areas.
"We’re bringing Xohm mobile broadband to the Big Apple and beyond," said Barry West, Sprint Nextel CTO and president - Xohm business unit. "It’s faster than a New York minute, and will deliver a unique multimedia mobile Internet experience over innovative devices. It is another reason for area residents and visitors to love New York."
With Xohm mobile Internet, customers will be able to experience a new form of interactive communications, high-speed Internet browsing, local and location-centric services, and multimedia services including music, video, TV and on-demand products. Sprint also plans to bring Xohm WiMAX mobile Internet customers search, interactive communications and social networking tools through a new mobile portal in a deal announced with Google.
Sprint is working with WiMAX ecosystem partners and others to incorporate WiMAX technology in a range of computing, portable multi-media, interactive and other consumer electronic devices. Eventually, the Xohm WiMAX service will be available in vehicles for navigation information, news and entertainment.
"Samsung is honored to extend Sprint’s Xohm WiMAX broadband services to major U.S. cities," said Dale Sohn, president, Samsung Telecommunications America. "New York is an important milestone for Samsung as we continue to expand the deployment of 4G technology around the world."
Sprint plans WiMAX test service in the Chicago, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas by year-end 2007. Commercial service is expected to be available in a number of markets starting April 2008 and expected to cover 100 million people by year-end 2008 in conjunction with a planned partnership with Clearwire.
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