The carrier will deploy a faster mobile data capability in the fourth quarter of this year by "ganging" four iDEN channels together using a technology it calls WiDEN. It can deliver speeds of 60K bps (bits per second) to 80K bps, West said.
However, "this isn't really broadband," West said. For that, Nextel is testing a wireless technology from Flarion Technologies Inc. in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. West sees it delivering 1.5M bps to 3M bps downstream and 200K bps to 500K bps upstream to stationary or mobile users, representing a true competitor to DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) and cable modem service.
Boost Mobile, a pay-as-you-go service now offered only in California and Nevada, will soon expand to seven new markets, including the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut area, Washington, D.C., Florida and Texas. Boost has proved very successful among African-American and Hispanic youths in urban areas, the executives said.