Feeds

Sprint makes $3bn WiMax play

Drafts in Intel, Motorola and Samsung as cheerleaders

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Sprint Nextel has cosied up with Intel, Samsung and Motorola as it prepares to rollout what it says will be first nationwide WiMax 4G network.

The US telco will put the wireless broadband network together across its 2.5GHz spectrum holdings, which it says will reach around 85 per cent of households in the top 100 US market.

It expects to invest $1bn in the network next year and to pump in another 1.5 to $2bn the following year.

Trial markets should be up and running by the end of next year, with 100m reached in 2008.

The tie-ups with Intel, Samsung and Motorol are designed to ensure a steady supply of WiMax chipsets, devices and infrastructure. After all, what if you designed a WiMax network, and nobody came? Samsung has been named the primary infrastructure supplier.

At the same time, the tie-ups will ensure multimode devices that will be able to run on the WiMax network, and Sprint’s current network.

While WiMax zealots will be praising the move, others were not so sure. Moody’s promptly cut its rating on Sprint Nextel, partly as the result of the rather large investment commitment the new network will require. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead
Bring your own disks to its object appliances
VMware vaporises vCHS hybrid cloud service
AnD yEt mOre cRazy cAps to dEal wIth
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?