WiMAX Mobile Internet
|Sprint and Google to
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WiMAX Advanced Antenna Technology,
Mobile WiMAX Availability
July 26, 2007
Reston, VA -- Mobile broadband pioneer Sprint (NYSE: S)
announced it is working with Google Inc. to bring WiMAX mobile Internet
customers search, interactive communications and social networking tools
though a new mobile portal.
The collaboration between Sprint and Google will help spur new mobility
and location-assisted services as Sprint untethers Internet access for
consumers, businesses and government customers.
|Sprint is developing a
nationwide advanced wireless broadband network that is being designed to
mobilize the Internet, bring wireless innovation to devices and deliver
new mobile multimedia applications to customers. The pact with Google is
a milestone in Sprint's mobile Internet strategy, and it builds upon
current WiMAX ecosystem infrastructure and device agreements to
establish an Internet destination for user-generated content and
"Google and Sprint will optimize the Internet experience for the digital
lifestyle," said Barry West, president, 4G Mobile Broadband for Sprint.
"This collaboration brings what will be the best mobile Internet network
together with the leading Internet search company. It allows us to
capitalize on the powerful mobility and Internet trends, and create
wireless services and applications that take advantage of each company's
history of product development innovation."
Sprint network bandwidth, location detection and presence capabilities
will be matched with Google's popular communications suite - Google
Apps™ - that combines the Gmail™, Google Calendar™ and Google Talk™
services. Customers will be able to experience a new form of interactive
communications, high speed Internet browsing, local and location-centric
services, and multimedia services including music, video, TV and
"Google shares Sprint's vision for enhancing the consumer's mobile
lifestyle and is focused on greater access to information through a
variety of channels," said Dave Girouard, vice president and general
manager Google Enterprise. "We look forward to working with Sprint to
bring to market a rich and compelling broadband experience for WiMAX
Sprint will provide open standard APIs (application programming
interfaces) to Sprint's go-to-market partners and the Internet developer
community to create customized products for browsable devices,
facilitating the delivery of personalized and interactive services to
consumer, business, public safety and government customers. These
services will be available in a variety of WiMAX embedded devices,
including connection cards, stand-alone modems, laptop computers and
consumer electronic devices such as personal media players, mobile
Internet devices, gaming devices and phones. Eventually, the WiMAX
service will be available in vehicles for navigation information, news
Sprint is working with WiMAX ecosystem partners and others to
incorporate WiMAX technology in a range of computing, portable
multi-media, interactive and other consumer electronic devices. The
company plans WiMAX test service in the Chicago, Baltimore and
Washington DC areas by year-end 2007. Commercial service is expected to
be available in a number of markets starting April 2008 and cover 100
million people by year-end 2008 in conjunction with a planned
partnership with Clearwire.
These efforts are expected to allow Sprint customers to experience a
nationwide mobile broadband network that is designed to offer faster
speeds, lower cost, greater convenience and enhanced multimedia quality.
The Sprint WiMAX mobile broadband network will use the company's
extensive 2.5GHz spectrum holdings.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including
two robust wireless networks serving 53.6 million customers at the end
of the first quarter 2007; industry-leading mobile data services;
instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a
global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit
About Google Inc.
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people
around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford
Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web
property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising
program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while
enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered
in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.
For more information, visit www.google.com.
Google, Gmail, Google Apps, Google Calendar and Google Talk are
trademarks of Google Inc. All other company and product names may be
trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.
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