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Plans for WiMax-ready devices, laptops introduced at CES

Posted on: 01/09/2008

From the Washington Post: “Sprint Nextel yesterday announced a series of partnerships aimed at deploying a high-speed wireless network called WiMax, as it offered glimpses of the new technology at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

“The Reston company said it would partner with… three companies to create mobile devices, such as lightweight laptops, capable of connecting to the WiMax network.

“Those partnerships, among others, are part of the company’s plan to make the service available to customers in the District, Baltimore and Chicago by the end of April. Sprint is already testing the network in those cities.

“Sprint’s Xohm WiMax service will allow people to connect mobile devices to the Internet at distances far greater than those offered by wireless systems now in use.

“At the trade show, about a dozen Sprint representatives showed how the new system might work in the home, the office or on the road…

“The nation’s third-largest wireless carrier… has said it would spend $5 billion to deploy WiMax throughout the country.

“‘This is not a test. This is a real technology, and it’s our technology,’ said Barry West, president of Xohm…

“WiMax transmission speeds are supposed to be comparable to those offered by digital subscriber line, or DSL, service, which is about four times the speed of dial-up…”

Read the entire article at the Washington Post.

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