In a press release
on October 8, Sprint et al unveiled the 4G business unit called XOHM™. The goal is to build the biggest and fastest mobile broadband service in the United States.
XOHM and its WiMAX ecosystem will provide customers with new wireless data and web services by incorporating WiMAX capabilities in consumer electronic devices and unleashing the Internet from wires and place-based communications. "4G has rapidly gone from a mobility vision to service reality with the launch of XOHM service in Baltimore," said Barry West, XOHM president. "Nothing has ignited the imagination of a cross section of industries and the partnership of an ecosystem the way WiMAX technology has. We are delighted with the reception we have received."
The service was launched in Baltimore, MD in September and included a modem, aircard, device and service offers. An XOHM USB dongle
is expected soon and Nokia will begin selling the N810 Internet table WiMAX edition that has a widescreen display and QWERTY keyboard at select retailers later on this month all in the Baltimore area.
Sprint is also said to be the only one to launch a dual-mode 3G - 4G access device which is expected later in the fourth quarter and
This device will extend Sprint's mobile broadband leadership by offering the power of the NOW network -- the largest 3G data network in the U.S. -- with the fastest data speeds among all national carriers available on this new 4G network in Baltimore and in future markets.
Intel's role in the collaborative effort to get mobile customers Internet accessible no matter where they may be is strengthened by the availability of their battery-saving devices and super slim laptops that work well using wireless and broadband. Plus, devices that use the Centrino-2 and plans to deliver Intel® Centrino® 2-based notebooks featuring the Intel® Core™2 processor with WiMAX including names like Acer, Asus, Lenovo and Toshiba all give the customer more options as far as available devices. According to Sean Maloney, the Executive VP and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Intel Corp,
"Access to the Internet with its rich multimedia and social media applications has become an essential and entertaining part of our everyday lives, and this network will ultimately redefine where, when and how people enjoy that mobile experience. This is an historic milestone for the U.S. and residents of Baltimore. We can now set our sights on ensuring a smooth city-by-city build out of WiMAX 4G and relish in what will be an incredible amount of Internet-related innovation and greater consumer freedom from wires and what has been constricted and localized hot spots."
Sprint is expected to complete its legal dealings
with Clearwire by fourth quarter and following the transaction is set to be the sole wireless carrier in the United States that will have 4G services through the new Clearwire.