Sprint Nextel to focus on wireless broadband

Once the two carriers merge, Sprint Nextel will focus on offering broadband wireless services in the 2.5 GHz spectrum. Together Sprint and Nextel will control MMDS 2.5 GHz spectrum licenses covering 80 percent of the country, including key markets such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The new carrier will focus on using its broadband wireless spectrum to deliver mobile video and other multimedia services. In a recent interview, Sprint CEO Gary Forsee and Nextel CEO Tim Donahue spoke about the future of the new carrier. Some analysts suggest that Sprint Nextel's 2.5 GHz spectrum could allow it to take advantage of new technologies, like WiMax, and leapfrog its competitors by offering more advanced services at a lower price.

For more on the role of MMDS spectrum in Sprint's future:
- see this article from USA Today