US telecom-services provider Sprint has announced that it will extend its WiMAX-based 4G wireless-broadband service to 10 American cities this year, with five more scheduled for 2010.
Today, Sprint offers 4G service in only one test city: Baltimore, Maryland. Although that service is rated at a peak of 12Mbps, the company readily admits that true download speeds are more average more in the 2-to-4Mbps range - which still beats the pants off most 3G services.
If all goes as planned, the cities to be added during 2009 include:
- Atlanta, Georgia * Charlotte, North Carolina * Chicago, Illinois * Dallas, Texas * Fort Worth, Texas * Honolulu, Hawaii * Las Vegas, Nevada * Philadelphia, Pennsylvania * Portland, Oregon * Seattle, Washington
The five additional cities scheduled for a 2010 roll-out are:
- Boston, Massachusetts * Houston, Texas * New York City, New York * San Francisco, California * Washington, D.C.