Sprint and Intel to Explore WiMAX Broadband Technologies

Next-Generation Networks and Interactive Multimedia Services Are Envisioned



May 05, 2005, 01:00 ET from Sprint

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan., and SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint
 (NYSE:   FON) and Intel Corporation today announced an agreement to engage in
 joint efforts to advance the development of IEEE standards-based 802.16e WiMAX
 mobile technology, which can provide high-capacity wireless broadband coverage
 and services throughout metro areas and an enriched multimedia user
 experience.
     (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001013/SPRINTLOGO )
     The companies will collaborate on technical specifications, perform
 equipment trials and conduct interoperability testing to examine possible
 next-generation wide-area wireless broadband devices and services. Ubiquitous
 wireless broadband access will help meet blossoming demand among businesses
 and consumers for rapid wireless Internet connectivity and integrated
 multimedia services.
     "Our relationship with Intel will help validate requirements, drive key
 ecosystem development needs, formulate network strategies and define the
 potential for advanced wireless services adoption," explained Oliver Valente,
 chief technology officer and vice president -- Technology Development, Sprint.
 Sprint is fostering a number of strategic partnerships and investigating
 multiple technologies in support of future wireless interactive multimedia
 services that would be considered for deployment in the 2.5 GHz band of
 spectrum. WiMAX is one of the technologies Sprint is investigating for these
 services.
     "WiMAX technology has the promise to deliver new broadband services to
 consumers globally," said Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general
 manager of the Intel Mobility Group. "We are excited to work closely with
 Sprint to bring these new services and new networks to the market."
     WiMAX, short for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a
 standards-based wireless technology that provides high-throughput broadband
 connections. WiMAX will provide fixed, nomadic, portable and eventually mobile
 wireless broadband connectivity without the need for direct line-of-sight with
 a base station.
     In January, Sprint joined the WiMAX Forum and was recently elected to the
 Board of Directors to lend its support and network expertise to that
 organization's mission of global interoperability standards formation for
 broadband wireless access products.
 
     About Sprint
     Sprint offers an extensive range of innovative communication products and
 solutions, including global IP, wireless, local and multiproduct bundles. A
 Fortune 100 company with more than $27 billion in annual revenues in 2004,
 Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-
 of-the-art network technologies, including the United States' first nationwide
 all-digital, fiber-optic network; an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone;
 and one of the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide wireless networks in
 the United States. For more information, visit http://www.sprint.com/mr .
 
     About Intel
     Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of
 computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about
 Intel is available at http://www.intel.com/pressroom .
 
 

SOURCE Sprint
    OVERLAND PARK, Kan., and SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint
 (NYSE:   FON) and Intel Corporation today announced an agreement to engage in
 joint efforts to advance the development of IEEE standards-based 802.16e WiMAX
 mobile technology, which can provide high-capacity wireless broadband coverage
 and services throughout metro areas and an enriched multimedia user
 experience.
     (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001013/SPRINTLOGO )
     The companies will collaborate on technical specifications, perform
 equipment trials and conduct interoperability testing to examine possible
 next-generation wide-area wireless broadband devices and services. Ubiquitous
 wireless broadband access will help meet blossoming demand among businesses
 and consumers for rapid wireless Internet connectivity and integrated
 multimedia services.
     "Our relationship with Intel will help validate requirements, drive key
 ecosystem development needs, formulate network strategies and define the
 potential for advanced wireless services adoption," explained Oliver Valente,
 chief technology officer and vice president -- Technology Development, Sprint.
 Sprint is fostering a number of strategic partnerships and investigating
 multiple technologies in support of future wireless interactive multimedia
 services that would be considered for deployment in the 2.5 GHz band of
 spectrum. WiMAX is one of the technologies Sprint is investigating for these
 services.
     "WiMAX technology has the promise to deliver new broadband services to
 consumers globally," said Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general
 manager of the Intel Mobility Group. "We are excited to work closely with
 Sprint to bring these new services and new networks to the market."
     WiMAX, short for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is a
 standards-based wireless technology that provides high-throughput broadband
 connections. WiMAX will provide fixed, nomadic, portable and eventually mobile
 wireless broadband connectivity without the need for direct line-of-sight with
 a base station.
     In January, Sprint joined the WiMAX Forum and was recently elected to the
 Board of Directors to lend its support and network expertise to that
 organization's mission of global interoperability standards formation for
 broadband wireless access products.
 
     About Sprint
     Sprint offers an extensive range of innovative communication products and
 solutions, including global IP, wireless, local and multiproduct bundles. A
 Fortune 100 company with more than $27 billion in annual revenues in 2004,
 Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-
 of-the-art network technologies, including the United States' first nationwide
 all-digital, fiber-optic network; an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone;
 and one of the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide wireless networks in
 the United States. For more information, visit http://www.sprint.com/mr .
 
     About Intel
     Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of
 computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about
 Intel is available at http://www.intel.com/pressroom .
 
 SOURCE  Sprint