The new 4G service is rolling out across Houston, offering faster downloads of movies, games and other high-volume data.Î¾ Carl Brown is with Sprint.
"3G is the term used for Third Generation telecommunications wireless network space.Î¾ T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint—you know, we are on what they call a Third Generation network.Î¾ And what we've just launched in Houston is 4G.Î¾ It's the Next Generation speed, and it's really applicable right now to mobile broadband, to data download.Î¾ Voice is voice.Î¾ Everyone's got pretty good voice networks now.Î¾ But what we're talking about with 4G is just the ability to have DSL- and even basic cable-Internet speeds on a mobile broadband card."Î¾Î¾Î¾Î¾
The new 4G service offers average speeds of between three and six megabytes-per-second, compared to 3G's 600 kilobytes to 1.7-megabyte speed.
"The 4G speeds are up to ten times faster than 3G, so it's not just a little bit faster, it's significantly faster."
Ed:Î¾ "Did the infrastructure have to be beefed up for this to happen?"
"As far as the towers go — and the big sites — all have to be beefed up.Î¾ And we're partner with Clearwire, and they build the infrastructure and do the infrastructure work.Î¾ But the neat thing about Sprint is we're the first and we're the only, right now.Î¾Î¾ We have the only 4G network in the U.S."
Brown says the 4G experience is like entering the high-speed Internet world after years of using dial-up.