The WiMax network will offer cheaper mobile broadband for PCs and other devices equipped with WiMax radios. Interestingly, the WiMax network will run alongside Sprint's high-speed 3G EV-DO Rev. A network in the larger markets. Sprint said that it will eventually offer dual-mode roaming between its EV-DO and WiMax networks so that users will always have the best connection available.
WiMax operates at faster speeds that EV-DO and is considered by some to be a 4G technology. You have to wonder if WiMAX subscribers would cannibalize Sprint's 3G wireless broadband customers, and what Sprint's long-term plans are for its EV-DO network. The two companies will also permit subscribers to roam between the different WiMAX networks, as well.
"This arrangement will result in stronger competition in the rapidly growing market for broadband services, and will provide consumers, national enterprises and other businesses, educators and public safety agencies greater choice and faster access to a revolutionary mobile broadband technology," said Sprint Nextel Chairman and CEO Gary Forsee. "It will further our objective of delivering mobile WiMax service across the country and help fulfill our vision of delivering mobility products and services across all our networks."
The network will be called a common name and Sprint and Clearwire plan to share marketing and infrastructure resources to make the network a reality.