Tag: WiMAX

Sprint posts 77% drop in Q3 profits

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SprintOuch. Not only did Sprint make a lukewarm $64 million this quarter (versus $279 million last year), but they also withdrew their optimistic forecast for 2008.
WiMax is still on Sprint’s plate, but they were saying that in August, and didn’t do so hot that quarter either. Of course the customer service thing might be an issue, but straight-up competition from the likes of AT&T and Verizon can’t be ignored. Post-paid subscribers, who really help on the revenue front, declined by 337,000, and the report wasn’t shy to to say that 40% of those losses are from Nextel’s old coverage areas. Keep passing the buck there, guys. Pre-paid customer subscriptions went up, but churn rate for them is pretty high, which isn’t helping Sprint out much. As cute as Sprint’s ad campaigns have been, it’ll take more than that to get their numbers up again.

Vodafone joins WiMAX Forum

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WiMAXResearch papers not too long ago were calling for growth in mobile WiMAX, and between Sprint’s involvement in WiMAX and Vodafone’s recent membership in the WiMAX forum, it’s hard to argue. We’re still left to daydream about the possibilities for mobile devices other than laptops or ultra-mobile PCs, but the more mobile giants getting in on the WiMAX, the better the odds of BlackBerrys getting in on the action. Of course, we won’t be getting that signal for sure until RIM signs up.

Sprint’s 2007 Q2 results are in

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SprintSprint’s second quarter report is now up, with some slightly underwhelming growth numbers, but they’ve still got plenty of subscribers. Maybe their WiMAX efforts will pay off, but some think that Sprint will have to seriously kick it up a notch to compete with AT&T and Verizon. Sprint’s added 400,000 subscribers this quarter, which doesn’t seem like much compared to the 1.5 and 1.6 million marks that the competitors are hitting. Regardless, Sprint’s still holding a 54 million user base – nothing to sneeze at.

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Mobile WiMAX on the up?

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WiMAXFor awhile, we pictured WiMAX as a kind of fixed broadband solution. You know, the kind of thing you set up when you live in the boonies and there’s no way in hell you’re going to get a solid line from civilization to your house. However, a recent report is saying that thanks to partnerships between companies such as Clearwire and Sprint, mobile WiMAX is becoming more and more popular in the US. The most immediate implications for mobile WiMAX would be for TV and entertainment, but will the technology ever wriggle its way into the voice and data applications that BlackBerry users hold so very dear? We’d really like to read more of this report to find out, but there’s a pretty hefty pricetag on it.

Convergence report says wireless standards don’t compete

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KumbayaWTRS has issued a report that goes over the big players in converged mobile devices.

1) In spite of the plethora of emerging wireless standards, each has its own niche of dominance without much overlap or competition between them.
2) WiMAX has found a solid niche in the backhaul network.
3) HSPA is making strong progress in handsets and represents a highly competitive service offering for carriers.
4) Bluetooth has expanded the functionality of a handset with the incorporation of WiBree into the SIG. Products based on WiBree will almost certainly enter the market this year.
5) DLNA, with its convergence strategy, has developed a mechanism for providing interoperable consumer electronics and mobile communications devices using only existing networking standards. As a result DLNA compliance affords devices added functionality not available previously.

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Biggest pull to WiMAX is e-mail?

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WiMAXA recent study by CENTRIS has determined that nearly half of responding American internet users would use WiMAX for portable e-mail, including video and picture attachments. Obviously, other multimedia were of interest to users: 31% would use streaming online media, 28% would take advantage of mobile entertainment such as on-demand TV, and another 28% would use WiMAX for downloading music. WiMAX is kind of overkill if most consumers just want to check their e-mail, which really does put BlackBerry in a favourable light. Bigger pipes will expand the scope of e-mail, but the basic service is already nicely locked down by RIM. The second-biggest consumer concern about WiMAX was portability – it needs to go where you go, not the other way around.