Sprint has announced aggressive plans for the expansion and evolution of the Sprint Power Vision network which now covers over half of the US population with mobile broadband data services. By year end 2006 the high-speed wireless network is expected to reach an estimated 190 million people nationwide and in Puerto Rico, making it the largest mobility network of its kind. Sprint will concurrently implement second-generation technology upgrades later this year known as EV-DO Revision A, to bring additional mobility benefits to users beginning in 1Q 2007. Sprint plans to reach about 220 million people in the U.S. with the advanced network by the end of 3Q ’07.
Sprint’s Sprint Power Vision network currently covers over 150 million people and serve customers in 215 communities with at least 100,000 population, as well as 470 airports across the country. Users currently access various audio, video and data applications with handheld and connection-card devices at average download speeds equivalent to DSL (400-700 kbps and peak speeds up to 2 Mbps). With the evolution to EV-DO Revision A, users will experience downloads and uploads up to 10 times faster.
“Sprint is a mobility services company and mobile broadband leader,” remarked Kathy Walker, Chief Network Officer. “We plan to extend that lead through a complete overlay of our Sprint EV-DO network with Revision A technology by the end of 3Q 2007, to provide customers an enriched mobile multimedia experience.”
Sprint will market EV-DO Revision A compatible connection cards in the third quarter of 2006, which work on the current Revision O network until next-generation service is broadly available in the first quarter 2007 to about 214 million people. With Revision A technology, peak download data rates increase to 3.1 Mbps (from 2.0) and peak upload data rates increase to 1.8 Mbps (from 144 kbps). Average download speeds improve to 450-800 kbps (from 400 -700) and average uplink speeds become 300 – 400 kpbs (versus 70 – 144 kpbs).
“This aggressive move by Sprint should further accelerate the company’s momentum in wireless broadband services,” said Bob Egan, Director, Emerging Technologies, TowerGroup. “Enterprises and consumers alike have an insatiable appetite for network access availability, speed and quality. This is an important move by a company who is very serious about raising the industry bar and meeting the important and dynamic requirements of its business and consumer constituencies,” Egan said.