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Sprint Rolls out WiMAX Access 156

Tokin84 writes "Today, Sprint announced that it would pour over $4.5Bn into a 2.5Ghz WiMAX system to be rolled out across the country. From the article: 'Sprint Nextel, the nation's largest holder of radio spectrum in the precious 2.5 GHz band, has reportedly chosen to deploy Worldwide Interoperability of Microwave Access (WiMAX) as the foundation of its technology platform for the carrier's mobile broadband Next-Generation Network (NGN) build-out.'"
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Sprint Rolls out WiMAX Access

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  • by ackthpt ( 218170 ) * on Tuesday August 08, 2006 @01:32PM (#15867856) Homepage Journal

    "4G" "NGN" "WiMAX" "UMTS-based technology dubbed TD-CDMA" "Flash-OFDM" Nice load of acronyms, that's $4.5Bn invested.

    I for one welcome our new Worldwide Interoperability of Microwave Access (WiMAX) technology platform foundation mobile broadband Next-Generation Network (NGN) build-out 4G overlords.

  • by ackthpt ( 218170 ) * on Tuesday August 08, 2006 @01:35PM (#15867878) Homepage Journal

    How about fibre-to-the-curb or even better, to my demark point instead. Wireless is nice, but I spend 90% of my on-line time connected to a wire.

    You obviously don't get out much.

    I predict the logical successor to the 4x4 SUV will be a vehicle with a desk in place of the dashboard, because I swear more business is being done on the road than in boardrooms.

    excuse me officer, do you have an appointment?

  • by digitaldc ( 879047 ) * on Tuesday August 08, 2006 @01:44PM (#15867969)
    "This is very positive for the space as a whole," said Daniel Meron, analyst at RBC Capital Markets.

    I have never felt more confident after that statement.
  • by eno2001 ( 527078 ) on Tuesday August 08, 2006 @01:47PM (#15867999) Homepage Journal
    This is very likely going to cause even more problems for the environment. Anyone care to comment on the recent heatwave that has swept the planet within the past month? Record temperatures on every part of the globe. With the worldwide deployment of WiMax, we'll be dumping even more energies into the environment that don't belong there. This isn't just AM or FM radio we're talking here. We're talking microwaves. The VERY SAME energy that's used to cook your food in a microwave oven! All we're doing is turning the planet into one big Amana Radar Range and global temps will skyrocket to new extremes of both hi and lo temps.

    We've already done tremendous and very ironic damage with air conditioning. In our interest of keeping our working and living spaces comfortably climate controlled we forgot one thing: thermal energy is like water. If you take heat from one space and pump it out, it has to go somewhere. We've been using ACs in our houses, our cars, and businesses, and god knows where else to pump the heat out. Well, where does all that heat go? Into the outside air. And what happens when you pump water into the outdoors? You make ponds, lakes and oceans. Same thing with heat, only worse. All that heat is now coming back to get us. But, even more irony... because it's getting hotter out there, we're using our ACs more than ever before and pumping MORE heat out! I predict that by 2015, the typical summer temps on the equator will be 180F. They're already averaging about 140F and that's up from the relatively cool 95F they used to be back in the 70s. We've got a huge problem folks and WiMax is only going to make it worse. Stop them before it's too late.

    Oh... and the internet is a series of tubes.
  • by TechyImmigrant ( 175943 ) * on Tuesday August 08, 2006 @01:57PM (#15868104) Homepage Journal
    Because that would mean that there is something wrong with the wire and it needs fixing.
  • by fury88 ( 905473 ) on Tuesday August 08, 2006 @02:11PM (#15868226)
    I don't like the mere SOUND of Worldwide Interoperability of Microwave Access (WiMAX). Maybe THIS is what's causing global warming. Better keep those microwave meals in the freezer!
  • by noidentity ( 188756 ) on Tuesday August 08, 2006 @02:25PM (#15868359)
    For those not acronym-challenged (TnAC):

    IFOWON WiMAX TPF mobile broadband NGN build-out 4G overlords.
  • by THESuperShawn ( 764971 ) on Tuesday August 08, 2006 @03:02PM (#15868625)
    So YOU are the guy I almost sideswiped while typing on my Blackberry and talking on my Treo while doing 90 mph down 77 the other day. Sorry about that, the user was pissing me off....
  • by mattkime ( 8466 ) on Tuesday August 08, 2006 @04:20PM (#15869304)
    You value your lawn more than fibre to you home? ....who told you about this website?
  • by suggsjc ( 726146 ) on Tuesday August 08, 2006 @04:43PM (#15869489) Homepage
    If I had mod points, you would have got some.

    I'm not going to really get on a bandwagon here, but its that type of thought process that can really hold things (companies, technology, individuals) back. You are too busy spending your time either assesing the short-term "cost" to even realize the future benefits. Granted it a good thing to have people look at the drawbacks/impacts, but you didn't give a single good reason why they shouldn't have run the line...your lawn will grow back.

    Your probably some old codger sitting on your porch yelling at those "kids" to stay away with their new fangled technology. Go back inside before you have a heat stroke, turn on your record player and listen to "real music"

    kids these days...they ain't got no respect.

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