Sprint PCS plans to roll out a 2.4M bit/sec. service in 2003, and Crook said users should expect average speeds in the 600K bit/sec. range. "You'll have to be standing still to get the 2.4M bit/sec. speed," he said.
Ichiro Kawasaki, a spokesman for Lucent Technologies Inc. in Murray Hill, N.J., which has a $5 billion contract to supply Verizon with 3G gear, agreed with these assessments. Average throughput will run below peak speeds in a wireless environment "because it's a shared resource, just like an office LAN," Kawasaki said. "Speed is based on the number of people on the network, as well as how close you are to the cell site."