Sprint unveils WiMAX-embedded laptops for Xohm

At a press event in Baltimore, a city where Sprint’s mobile WiMAX service is already up and running, the third-largest US mobile operator has unveiled its first batch of WiMAX-enabled notebooks. The notebook manufacturers are Toshiba, Asus, Acer and Lenovo; a total of eight models are available initially and four more are expected before the […]

Mobile WiMAX lands: Xohm out of the gates in Baltimore

Barry West, president of Xohm, the mobile WIMAX business unit of Sprint, has been as good as his word. After missing the original Xohm commercial launch deadline in April 2008, West subsequently pledged that the service would launch during September in the east coast city of Baltimore. And so it has with just a day […]

Femtos held back by standards hurdles

There is still a frenzy of activity taking place in the femtocell space, and a lot of debate too. Research released this week suggests that femto technology may carve itself a niche in the long term, but in the short term, analysts remain sceptical. Japanese operator Softbank recently came forward to claim first mover advantage […]

Sprint names location partners for Xohm

With only weeks to go before Xohm goes live in Baltimore, US, Sprint has announced a string of partners that will provide location-based and personalised services over the mobile WiMAX network. “The Xohm mobile broadband experience will be largely location-centric,” explains Rick Robinson, vice president of Xohm services. “We’re creating a new dimension to online […]

Sprint cans $3bn bonds offer

US operator Sprint pulled a $3bn offering of convertible bonds late Thursday, just one day after rattling the market with its intention. In an announcement, Sprint said it had, “Decided to cancel the offering because the terms being offered were not economically attractive due to unfavourable market conditions.” The news proved popular with investors, which […]

Sprint continues to lose subs

WiMAX pin-up Sprint Nextel reported a loss for the quarter to end June 30, as the operator’s woes endured and customers continued to jump ship. The loss came in at $344m, compared to a profit of $19m in the same period last year, as the operator’s wireless subscriber base shrank by 2.1 million since the […]

AT&T tries to rain on Clearwire’s parade

Leading US wireless operator AT&T is seeking to put a crimp in Sprint-Nextel and Clearwire’s plans to merge assets and form a nationwide WiMAX network. Late last week the carrier filed a petition with US communications regulator the FCC, requesting that the authority refuse the merger. In June, the new Clearwire, which is to be […]

Clearwire: Unwired or unhinged?

A nationwide WiMAX network for the US is now a strong likelihood. The new, improved Clearwire has the money, the partners and the will to make it happen. But will it be a wireless breakthrough or a white elephant?

Xohm WiMAX to go live in September, says Sprint CTO

Now we know. After weeks of speculation as to when Xohm, the WiMAX business unit of Sprint Nextel, would launch commercial services, Barry West, Sprint Nextel CTO and president of Xohm, finally named the month (if not the day). Addressing conference delegates in his keynote presentation Tuesday at the WiMAX Forum Global Congress in Amsterdam, […]

Mobile WiMAX players dive into patent pool

Six of the big guns in the mobile WiMAX world announced the formation of a patent pool on Tuesday. Dubbed the Open Patent Alliance (OPA), the founding members are Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Intel, Samsung and WiMAX pin ups of the operator community, Clearwire and Sprint. The group said the purpose of the OPA is to help […]

Get it while it’s hot: Sprint’s mobile WiMAX is ready

US operator and WiMAX pin up Sprint has announced that Samsung has met its commercial acceptance criteria for mobile WiMAX. This means Sprint is happy with the overall performance, handoff performance and handoff delay. Korean vendor Samsung is building out mobile WiMAX networks for Sprint in Baltimore and Washington DC. Since finalising a supply agreement […]

IPCS sues Sprint over ‘new’ Clearwire

Only days after Sprint and Clearwire announced plans to combine their respective WiMAX businesses, Sprint affiliate iPCS has slapped a law suit on the third largest operator in the US. According to the affiliate, the ‘new’ Clearwire would violate a service exclusivity arrangement that it struck with Sprint in 1999 for the seven states in which […]

Sprint flags after losing 1 million subscribers

Embattled US carrier Sprint Nextel said Monday that its first quarterly loss more than doubled to $505m, compared to $211m a year ago, as the company haemorrhaged mobile subscribers. During the quarter, a net total of 1.09 million wireless subscribers walked away from the firm, including 1.07 million post paid subscribers and 543,000 traditional prepaid […]

New Sprint boss shakes up management

The newly installed head honcho at US carrier Sprint Nextel appears keen to put his own stamp on the company, with three executives set to leave on Friday. Dan Hesse, the former head of Sprint’s fixed line spin off, Embarq, took over the reins as president and CEO of Sprint at the start of this […]

Sprint cuts 4,000 staff

US carrier Sprint is to cut 4,000 jobs as financial pressure and subscribers losses continued through the fourth quarter of 2007. The headcount reduction is expected to be completed in the first half of the year and will include management and non-management positions. Sprint aims to save around $700-$800m per year by the end of […]

Sprint to launch WiMAX end-April

US wireless operator Sprint said it is on track to launch WiMAX services to consumers and businesses at the end of April. This week, Barry West, president of Sprint’s Xohm business unit, also revealed that the company would be making its wireless broadband network available on a daily, weekly or monthly subscription basis. A soft […]

Sprint remains on track for 2008 WiMAX launch

Despite the recent break up of its WiMAX joint venture with Clearwire, US carrier Sprint Nextel remains on track for a commercial launch of the wireless broadband technology next year. Sprint is soft launching its WiMAX network in three markets between now and Christmas, with several hundred employees testing the network over data cards. After […]

Sprint, Clearwire call off WiMAX partnership

Sprint Nextel’s plans for WiMAX took a knock on Friday, as build out partner Clearwire announced a termination of their original agreement. As US-based WiMAX proponent Clearwire reported its third quarter results on Friday, the company revealed that it and Sprint have terminated their obligations regarding the WiMAX build out partnership announced in July. Under […]

Sprint downturn puts WiMAX plans in doubt

A drop in earnings has put the WiMAX plans of US carrier Sprint Nextel into further doubt, as the company continues its search for a new leader. On Thursday, the operator reported a 77 per cent drop in third quarter net income from $279m a year ago to $64m this year. Consolidated net operating revenues […]

Vonage settles with Sprint; wins breathing space

Embattled internet telephony provider Vonage won itself a bit of breathing space on Monday, announcing a settlement of its patent dispute with US cellco Sprint. The settlement is valued at $80m, including $35m for past use of licence, $40m for a fully paid future licence, and $5m in prepayment for services. In September, a Kansas […]


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