Sprint Still Committed to WiMax… at Least for Now

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Despite pressure from some of its shareholders, Sprint remains committed to introducing WiMax service next year.

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In a time when this telcom is losing subscribers, many of its shareholders are opposed to spending $5 billion to roll-out a new high-speed nationwide wireless data service called .

The man behind the plan, Sprint CEO Gary Forsee, resigned earlier this month, and many had suspected that his replacement would at least delay the WiMax roll-put, or possibly sell the assets off.

This might yet happen, but not soon. The man who has been named this company’s interim CEO, Paul Saleh, says the WiMax roll-out is proceeding as scheduled, and Xohm will be commercially available in April.

Saleh previously was Sprint’s chief financial officer, and is unlikely to become the permanent CEO.

3G or 4G?

Until now, most people have been calling WiMax a 4G wireless networking standard. However, it was recent added by the International Telecommunication Union to the family of 3G standards.

Still, WiMax contains a number of features not included in the other 3G standards, like ones that will allow it to be reliably used by devices traveling at over 50 mph. It will also include quality of service (QoS) features that will make a better option for VoIP than current 3G standards..

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