Thursday, March 16, 2006

Carrier weighing up its wireless options: CommsUpdate : TeleGeography Research

print Nextel says it hopes to be covering “no less than 15 million Americans” with its planned 2.5GHz broadband wireless network by mid-2009. The carrier has still to decide on which technology the network will be based, with systems such as WiBro, and Flash-OFDM, or proprietary equipment from IPWireless and Motorola all in the frame. Light Reading reports that Sprint Nextel is looking for a technology which will provide average end-user download rates of between 2Mbps and 4Mbps, making it a viable alternative to fixed broadband networks. The firm expects to settle on a technology and choose a vendor by the end of this year.