Still a way to go to get WiMAX rolled out
Last modified on Tuesday, 30 September 2008 08:11
Sprint, through its Xohm brand, has announced that they have rolled out WiMAX connectivity in Baltimore, Maryland, which is now one of the first cities in the US to get WiMAX.
WiMAX has been off and on with many delays that have been caused by a variety of reasons; still, this is progress toward Sprint’s goal of having WiMAX rolled out between now and the first half of 2009 to Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas; and Chicago, Illinois. Many of these cities that have been slated by Sprint for WiMAX deployment already have the network practically up or under construction.
As for the Baltimore deployment, it would seem that there are a couple of strings are already attached. First, you will need to have a WiMAX aircard. Then, you can only get WiMAX in Baltimore in the downtown area; the promise of seamless connectivity all over Baltimore has yet to be achieved because all of the equipment has not yet been rolled out.
The throughput is only currently in the 2 to 4 Mbps range, which is double that of EVDO, but far from the expected throughput of WiMAX when it is all the way cranked up. The cost is not really that bad: $10 for a day pass of unlimited use and monthly unlimited access for $50 per month with no contract. The WiMAX aircard or external modem is supposed to retail in the $45 to $50 range.