Motorola,, a leading provider of wireless broadband solutions, last week announced that it had been awarded the Chicago market by Sprint Nextel for the build-out of its WiMAX wireless broadband service.

Motorola will deploy WiMAX infrastructure to at least 1,000 sites in the greater Chicagoland area, providing select area coverage that complements Sprint Nextel’s existing EV-DO network. Initial service is expected to begin later this year, with the commercial launch set for the first half of next year.

In addition to the Chicago build out, Motorola also is participating in WiMAX equipment and software trials at Sprint Nextel’s 4G laboratory, located in Herndon, Va.

“We are proud to be working with Sprint Nextel to bring the Windy City true wireless broadband service with WiMAX technology,” said Fred Wright, senior vice president, Motorola Networks and Enterprise. “Motorola’s WiMAX technology is poised to deliver wireless broadband data speeds -- that significantly exceed the performance of today’s 3G technology solutions -- to a new generation of consumer electronics devices as well as more traditional multi-media and specialized data devices.”

Last week, Motorola partnered with Sprint Nextel to showcase the strength and breadth of the MOTOwi4™ wireless broadband portfolio, including WiMAX solutions, at the 2007 International CES in Las Vegas.

At CES, Motorola showcased live WiMAX demonstrations featuring elements of its broad WiMAX portfolio. A live WAP 400 series WiMAX access point with MIMO capabilities communicates with various end user devices to demonstrate rich-media streaming and IP video telephony applications.

Motorola also featured various WiMAX desktop subscriber devices including the CPEi200 and CPEi400 series products as well as WiMAX PC cards. These Motorola WiMAX devices are easy to install with “plug and play” functionality and support advanced antenna techniques to provide excellent range, throughput, and indoor penetration.

Motorola’s carrier-class WiMAX access points, which feature a combination of MIMO antenna techniques and software defined radios (SDR) combined with distributed network IP architecture provides flexibility in network deployments and enables operators to choose among many third-party vendors to add applications and services.

Motorola’s WiMAX solutions are designed to support fixed, portable, nomadic and mobile applications. The WiMAX access points, customer premises equipment and mobile WiMAX chipsets under development for use in Motorola’s devices are part of the MOTOwi4 portfolio of solutions that complement and complete wireless broadband networks. For more information on Motorola’s WiMAX and MOTOwi4 solutions, please visit:

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