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Sprint showcases 3G at CES 2002
Posted: 08-Jan-2002 [Source: Sprint press release]

[Sprint is showing a live demonstration of its CDMA2000 3G1X network this week at CES in Las Vegas. Sprint plans to launch its 3G nationwide across the U.S. in mid 2002.]

Las Vegas, Nevada -- Sprint demonstrated its first live, public high-speed wireless connection to the Internet via the Sprint Third Generation Network and Third Generation Sprint PCS Wireless Connection Card(SM) today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The demonstration is part of the Sprint Third Generation Experience, an educational mobile showcase that debuted at CES, featuring live and simulated 3G applications, devices and services that will be available following the nationwide launch of the Sprint Third Generation Network in mid 2002.

The live demonstration featured high-speed wireless access to the Internet, as well as enterprise applications such as e-mail, using a Sprint PCS Wireless Connection Card installed in a laptop and handheld computing device. A digital camera with a PCMCIA slot was also used to send digital images to a hosted web site via the Sprint Third Generation Network. The company expects to have 3G Wireless Connection Cards available to customers in time for the nationwide launch of Sprint's Third Generation Network. The 3G card will provide customers with seamless wireless Internet connectivity, connecting notebook or handheld devices, as well as digital cameras, directly to the Sprint Third Generation Network at speeds of up to 144 Kbps.

"We're pleased to showcase this live, public demonstration of our Third Generation Network using a Sprint PCS 3G Wireless Connection Card. This announcement is a clear indication that we are on track to deliver on our promise of high-speed wireless connectivity and change the way businesses communicate," said Jay Highley, vice president, Sprint's wireless division. "We've already whet the appetites of business customers with the Wireless Web(SM) for Business. Offering the always-on experience of 3G services on the largest all-digital network in the U.S., along with increased wireless data speeds vastly expands the number of applications that companies can wirelessly enable. Our 3G1X technology not only multiplies the speed of our network, but it multiplies the productivity benefits and the return on investment that our business customers can achieve."

Sprint has been aggressively preparing its network for the migration to 3G for over a year and is on track to launch 3G services nationwide in mid-2002. The company's migration to 3G1X, which consists mainly of simple channel element hardware and software upgrades to base stations, is either complete or well underway in other markets throughout the United States.

"Sprint has an opportunity to emerge as the clear winner in the battle for wireless customers at the end of 2002. In choosing CDMA2000, they have some significant advantages with respect to network performance, data speeds and a smoother, cleaner migration path compared to other technologies," said Andrew Seybold, Andrew Seybold Group. "For example, GPRS has true data rates of between 20-40 Kbps, whereas 3G1X systems will support average user speeds of between 60-80 Kbps. In reality, CDMA2000 is a 3G system that grows to 2.4 Mbps over time, while GPRS will have to be replaced with EDGE or UMTS to get to true 3G data rates."

Highley added, "Unlike our competitors, Sprint is not taking a market-by-market approach to launching 3G services, but instead is scheduled to launch services nationwide by mid-year. We see this as a race to the finish line, not to the starting line. For those who have been skeptical about the value of 3G or its performance, today's live demonstration on the Sprint Third Generation Network should help erase those doubts. 3G is a reality that's just around the corner and Sprint will be among the first U.S. wireless carriers to show customers the power it delivers and how it can enhance their lives."

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