Sprint’s WIMAX to be “largely location-centric”

Sprint’s WIMAX to be “largely location-centric”
Sprint’s WIMAX to be “largely location-centric”
As part of the upcoming launch of XOHM, its U.S. WiMAX mobile broadband network, wireless operator Sprint announced last week a series of partners to provide “geobrowsing services”. “The XOHM mobile broadband experience will be largely location-centric,” explained Rick Robinson, vice president of XOHM Services.

XOHM is said to debut commercially in Baltimore this month. Other cities are expected to receive service in the fourth quarter and beyond.

uLocate Communications will be “the primary partner in building XOHM’s location enabled mobile experience” said Sprint. uLocate will provide its WHERE platform and its friend finding application Buddy Beacon. Select launch partners on the WHERE platform include Yelp (local business search), Eventful (local events), Topix (local news), NAVTEQ Traffic and Accuweather.

Google will be the Local Search provider “along with additional features and functionality from Google Maps”, said Sprint.

Openwave Systems will deliver the location platform that enables XOHM partners to use location to provide valuable services. Autodesk will also provide additional geospatial services.

Sprint expects XOHM’s location-enabled mobile experience to “span a range of devices such as laptops, mobile Internet devices, media players, cameras and car navigation.”

Tuesday, September 2nd 2008

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