Sprint’s Lil WiMAX Details

CTIA 2007: If Sprint’s mobile WiMAX network weren’t the first of its size and kind in the U.S., we wouldn’t be following its future rollout details like paparazzi mob Britney Spears. But it is, so we will.

Sprint named a dozen or so more markets for its WiMAX rollout and the chosen vendors for each location, and also announced some new hardware partners. Sprint now has 19 markets announced for network vendors Nokia, Samsung and Motorola (see details below the fold)

We talked with Atish Gude, Sprint’s senior VP of mobile broadband operations at Sprint’s CTIA press conference, and asked him if the company had talked to Clearwire about any roaming deals or if he could envision such a partnership. He said he thought Clearwire’s technology was far from having a mobile element yet, and though the companies had had some preliminary talks, there was nothing meaningful to announce.

The details:

  • Motorola will build out Chicago, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Minneapolis.
  • Samsung will develop Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Providence and Washington D.C.
  • Nokia will take care of Austin, Dallas, Denver, Fort Worth, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and Seattle.
  • There are now 19 markets named for the WiMAX launch — Hopefully the Bay Area will fall in there somewhere, sometime soon.
  • Samsung will develop PC cards for WiMAX and dual EVDO/WiMAX.
  • ZTE Corporation will supply WiMAX devices including PC cards — express and USB — as well as modem products.
  • ZyXEL Communications will develop modem products.