Reports are coming in that Sprint may be testing their 4G WiMAX signals in the heavily populated areas of New York and San Francisco. An official annoucement over this is expected very soon. Engadget has noted that their testing of HTC EVO 4G showed intermittent connectivity to Sprint’s WiMAX. Also, several users have reported having seen download speeds of up to 5Mbps on their networks.
The news is not entirely surprising. New York and San Francisco are among the cities with the highest density of smartphones in the world and the high data consumption levels from these regions has virtually suffocated the bandwidth of the networks operating here. Consequently, Sprint’s announcement of 4G connectivity in these regions was quite anticipated.
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Sprint has been flaunting its WiMAX powered 4G technology for quite some time. With competitor carriers like Verizon looking at LTE as an alternate 4G option, it now looks like Sprint too may be interested in exploring the LTE service.
According to reports, the company has issued a RFP (Request for Proposal) over LTE. This is possibly an indication that the company is now ready to look at the alternate 4G technology. While this is no confirmation of the same, at least it is heartening that Sprint is looking to consolidate its position on the 4G front soon enough.
Lenovo Thinkpad X100e just visited the FCC. And this time, something was anew – an Intel 622ANXHMW card. The Intel card brings WiMAX support along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Apparently, what we have also come to know via the documents from FCC is that Lenovo has contracted Quanta Computer Inc. to manufacture these new netbooks.
So, if you are one of those who is excited about getting on to the WiMAX game, here is a device for you. But you may have to wait. There is no info as yet on when we may actually get to see these devices at the stores.