4G WiMAX Networking Launched in Baltimore
A next-generation 4G wireless network based on mobile WiMAX technology has debuted in Baltimore, with Sprint’s launch of XOHM mobile broadband commercial service, the first in a major U.S. city. XOHM WiMAX will extend the home or office Internet experience and mobile multimedia applications to other places and additional devices.
With XOHM, consumers, businesses, and local governments will ultimately be able to experience new forms of interactive communications, high-speed mobile Internet browsing, social-networking tools, location-centric services, and multimedia—including music, video, and on-demand products—at faster average downlink speeds of 2 to 4 Mbits/s. Subscribers will receive free access to a customizable Web site, called MyXOHM, that focuses primarily on local services and entertainment content. It also provides security services, hosted storage, and interactive communications.
Customers can purchase XOHM-branded Samsung Express air cards for $59.99 and ZyXEL modems for $79.99 via XOHM Web, telesales, or select Baltimore-area independent retailers. Additional WiMAX devices such as a ZTE USB modem, Intel Centrino 2 WiMAX notebook PCs, and the Nokia N810 WiMAX Edition are expected in the market later this year. Introductory offers allow customers to choose from both daily and month-to-month service options. No long-term contracts are required.
“This is truly an historic day with the birth of a completely new Internet-based business model that alters the dynamics of the traditional telecom industry,” said Barry West, president of Sprint’s XOHM business unit. “Wireless consumers will experience WiMAX device and XOHM service innovation on multiple levels as the computer, Internet, telecom, and consumer electronics industries converge to redefine wireless mobility.”
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