Sprint Nextel has announced that coming this September, the city of Baltimore, Maryland will be getting W-Max. In a joint venture with Clearwire, the service will also be offered in the nations capitol and Chicago later this year as well. This has been the tet market that Sprint Nextel has been trying to enter, but there have been several delays which have made this deployment sometimes doubtful. But it now appears that this may really take off this time. Promising 2-4Mbps for each user, this is going to be the technology everyone is eventually going to want in the future.
According to the InfoWorld articles:
Hesse emphasized that the WiMax service will be an open service on which, he said, customers will be able to use any safe application or platform. However, some network control and management by the carrier is necessary, he said, calling regulation of how carriers control their networks a bad idea.
There was some good news about wired broadband on Wednesday, too. Verizon Communications next week will expand a 50Mbps broadband offering to all customers of its FiOS fiber-to-the-home service, said Denny Strigl, Verizon’s president and CEO.
The service, which provides 50Mbps downstream and 20Mbps upstream, has been offered only in selected markets but will now become available throughout the FiOS coverage area, which will pass 12 million U.S. homes by the end of this year, Strigl said.
The biggest attraction of Wi-Max is what they call ‘the last mile’. This is the areas where DSL and Cable can’t reach. This is where Wi-Max holds the most promise in bringing broadband services to the masses. It should be interesting to see how this market develops for Sprint Nextel and if the technology lives up to its promises.