A rapidly growing phenomenon in the telecommunications world is the growth of "cord cutters," people who give up their hardwired landline phones and use only cell phones.
Now one of the leading proponents of that shift, Sprint Nextel, hopes to do for the Internet what it's doing for telephones.
At a recent ceremony in Baltimore, officials from Sprint
Nextel celebrated the official launch of the company's XOHM WiMAX service by literally cutting a cord -- they sliced through some Cat-5 wire with pruning shears to mark the end of the wired Internet.
4G has rapidly gone from a mobility vision to service reality with the launch of XOHM service in Baltimore, the company said.
Although XOHM, Sprint's 4G business unit, has aggressive plans for nationwide WiMAX, the actual implementation may take some time.
Approximately 70 percent of the city has coverage, with 180 base stations operating and the target at end of build out is 300.
Long-term, XOHM hopes to roll out enough of its national network to make WiMAX available to as many as 140 million people by the end of 2010.
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