Sprint is saying see ya later to WiMAX 4G technology. With one eye firmly on LTE, the carrier announced Thursday that it will no longer launch new WiMAX devices. Sprint has already announced intentions to support WiMAX devices through the life of the devices, however.
Bob Azzi, senior vice president of networks at Sprint, admitted 4G LTE is a better choice for than WiMAX moving forward. “We are wrapping up final field integration tests,” Azzi said. “[LTE] works and delivers more benefits than we expected.” Now the carrier is playing catch up to Verizon and AT&T, which have both deployed LTE networks.
Sprint hopes to get its LTE network rolled out by mid-2012, with at least one known device hitting in the early stages. The carrier said fourteen other devices are planned throughout the year, including smartphones, tablets and data cards. We’re expecting the EVO One to be among those devices, which Sprint and HTC will likely unveil during a press conference in New York next week.