Sprint's determined deployment of WiMax continued this week as the firm awarded a contract to Samsung Electronics to deploy the mobile network infrastructure in the New York City region.
Samsung has already been rolling out WiMax in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, and Providence, R.I., as Sprint prepares to launch its services. Sprint said it expects mobile Internet services to be available for New York area customers in late 2008.
Sprint's New York-area WiMax service will cover New York City; Nassau-Suffolk, Long Island; Jersey City, N.J; and some areas in northern and central New Jersey including the Newark, Bergen-Passaic, Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, and Monmouth-Ocean regions.
As the lead vendor in the rollout, Samsung will manufacture and install radio access equipment and supply chipsets and mobile devices.
Previously, Sprint awarded a contract to Motorola to deploy the high-speed wireless technology in the Chicago area. Sprint, which has been struggling to digest its recent acquisition target, Nextel, has said it will spend up to $5 billion on WiMax by 2010.
Sprint has partnered with Clearwire to collaborate in the nationwide rollout of the mobile wireless technology.
In another Sprint announcement this week, the company and High Tech Computer (HTC) of Taiwan said they will market HTC's Vogue mobile phone in the U.S. as early as late September. The HTC handset uses touch screen technology that is similar to the screen technology used in Apple's iPhone.
In another development involving deployment of WiMax, Alcatel-Lucent said it will build what it called Germany's "first commercial" WiMax network for service provider VSE NET in Germany. Alcatel-Lucent said it expects commercial operations of the facility to get under way in January of 2008.