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Sprint Nextel has chosen Motorola to install mobile WiMax across Chicago: Motorola will build out at least 1,000 sites around Chicago. It’s odd to see such a specific announcement given the national scope of Sprint’s build out. The network will start service in late 2007, but this press release describes a commercial launch as beginning in 2008.
Posted by Glennf at January 10, 2007 10:02 PM
(This question is not specific to Moto/Sprint/Chicago, but I figure it's as good a place to ask as any.)
How does WiMax authentication work? Is roaming possible? Given that some cities will be covered by Sprint and some by Clearwire in the early days, I wonder if they, or some aggregator like Boingo, will offer a plan that allows travelers to use both networks.
[Editor's note: You won't believe this (or maybe you will) but the authentication mechanism is totally up in the air. Most obviously, it could use a SIM-like tool, like GSM networks -- it could even use actual SIMs -- or it might simply borrow a host of secured EAP methods from 802.11, which would work fine for fast handoff, too.--gf]
Posted by: Wes Felter at January 11, 2007 3:50 PM