Google, Sprint Enter WiMAX Agreement

    July 26, 2007

WiMAX is going to get a big boost – Sprint and Google just announced that they intend to create a wireless portal using the technology.  There’s no word on when this will launch, but other details were surprisingly numerous.

“Sprint network bandwidth, location detection and presence capabilities will be matched with Google’s popular communications suite – Google Apps – that combines the Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Talk services,” according to a press release.

“Customers will be able to experience a new form of interactive communications, high speed Internet browsing, local and location-centric services, and multimedia services including music, video, TV and on-demand products,” it continues.

From Reuters to infoSync, the announcement is turning lots of heads (as many as have heard of it, anyway – this is a “hot off the presses” report); the portal is likely to become a highly anticipated product.

As for that release date, well . . . Sprint’s commercial WiMAX service isn’t expected to begin until early 2008, so the portal is probably at least ten months away.  It’s also worth noting that, at the tail end of the official release, there is a “Safe Harbor” statement – this disclaimer stresses the uncertain nature of many WiMAX plans.  Still, with Google and Sprint on board, the technology’s future is looking pretty bright.