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Nokia to supply Sprint Nextel with WiMAX infrastructure, devices

Six months after unveiling plans to build a WiMAX network in the United States, Sprint Nextel Corp. announced Nokia Corp. will be a key infrastructure and device provider for that upgrade.
Other than naming it a “major supplier” to Sprint Nextel’s WiMAX efforts, the agreement doesn’t detail the scope of Nokia’s involvement. However, Sprint Nextel has said previously that it expects to spend around $1 billion on WiMAX in 2007 and between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in ’08. In October, at the WiMAX World Conference & Exposition, the carrier told RCR Wireless News that its WiMAX network will be 10 times cheaper in delivering wireless data services compared with traditional cellular-based data services.
As part of its agreement with Sprint Nextel, Nokia will develop and market WiMAX-enabled mobile devices, multimedia computers and Internet tablets. Nokia will also drive co-marketing efforts to encourage further development and worldwide adoption of WiMAX, a move that could promote global roaming.
Nokia joins Motorola Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in supplying Sprint Nextel with WiMAX gear.


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