Sprint Nextel Corp. has officially launched CDMA2000 1x EV-DO Revision A technology in San Diego market much sooner than it was initially expected. Also Sprint Nextel is going to come to 21 more markets by the end of the year. The faster network is supposed to increase revenues as well as improve new applications such as video telephony, multi-user video conferencing, real-time gaming, video streaming and high-performance push-to-talk service. Rev A slightly increases the downlink speeds and greatly increases the uplink speeds. It is represented as following:
- 400 kbps instead of 70 for normal EV-DO,
- while downloading maximum speed is now 800kbps instead of 700kbps.
Combination of Rev. 0 and Rev. A from Sprint Nextel is expected to reach more than 200 million people. As the company said the Rev. A coverage "in most markets will initially be concentrated in airports and business districts where wireless data demand is highest and will expand to include Sprint's entire market footprint".
Customers who possess Rev. A-capable devices should visit the carrier's Web site to download a software update to "ensure their devices are functioning on Revision A where it is available."