Sprint WiMAX to cover 140m people in two years

28 Oct 2008

Sprint Nextel chief executive Dan Hesse has said he expects the firm’s WiMAX networks to be covering 140 million potential users by 2010. He added that he expects Sprint’s WiMAX joint venture with Clearwire to be given regulatory approval before the end of this year, with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) due to vote on the tie-up on 4 November. A report from FierceWireless quotes Hesse as saying that Sprint opted to deploy mobile WiMAX instead of LTE because it is ‘available now and our customers want 4G now’. Sprint launched its first commercial WiMAX network in Baltimore at the end of September and plans further launches in Chicago and Washington DC by end-2008.