WIMAX WATCH: Samsung handsets to pair WiMAX and LTE
Mobile phone giant Samsung continues to throw itself behind Mobile WiMAX, working to combine the long-range wireless technology with the ultra-broadband LTE (Long Term Evolution) version of GSM in new handsets.
Other recent WiMAX moves by the Korean manufacturer include the introduction of the SPH-9200 ultra-mobile PC (UMPC). This combines WiMAX, WiFi and HSDPA cellular – all capable of megabit data rates – with an economy-friendly 5in touchscreen and fold-out QWERTY keyboard.
Samsung also helped to build the Sprint/Clearwire Xohm WiMAX test network in New York City, and developed handsets for use with the service.
Based on what is potentially the biggest WiMAX deployment in the world, the service is currently commercially available in Baltimore, with other major US cities due to follow soon. At the beginning of last month Washington State-based Clearwire announced that the Xohm branding would be phased out this year and replaced with Clear, a joint Sprint/Clearwire brand.