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Sprint to move into 3G with CDMA EV-DO
Posted on 23-Jun-2004 06:32. | Tags Filed under: News.

Sprint has unveiled plans to deploy EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimized) technology across its PCS network. The EV-DO is an evolution of current CDMA technologies into 3G. The company says that average user speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second and peak rates of up to 2.4 Megabits per second for downloads can be achieved.

Sprint expects to design and deploy EV-DO with initial service available in select markets in the second half of 2004 and launch in the majority of top metropolitan markets in the United States in 2005.

According to the company, Sprint's migration to EV-DO will be relatively simple, requiring no "forklift upgrades" to the company's nationwide wireless network. Because of Sprint's network design, Sprint can upgrade cell sites by simply adding a new channel card and an additional RF carrier, without the need to replace the existing infrastructure.

Existing Sprint PCS Connection Cards and handsets will continue to work at current speeds within EV-DO service areas. To take advantage of the higher speeds that EV-DO offers, customers will be able to purchase EV-DO-enabled handsets and Sprint PCS Connection Cards. This will allow customers using the dual-mode EV-DO device to gain higher speeds in EV-DO-capable areas and seamlessly transition onto Sprint's PCS network, based on 3G 1xRTT technology, when outside an EV-DO area.

Sprint plans to invest approximately $1 billion to complete its wireless data upgrades. This will include the deployment of EV-DO as well as the option for a subsequent, more advanced release of CDMA technology that is expected to be available from equipment vendors beginning in 2006.

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