Sprint plans next phase of EV-DO in early 2007

Sprint announced today plans to commercially offer the next generation of CDMA 1xEV-DO, known as EV-DO Revision A, beginning in the first quarter 2007. Rev. A brings QoS for VoIP services, a capability Sprint wants to implement quickly so it can aggressively migrate iDEN push-to-talk users onto the CDMA network while at the same time offer more data-rich services to iDEN users. Sprint is also moving aggressively on wVoIP in general as it works to offer integrated services with its cable partners. With Rev. A, peak download data rates increase to 3.1 Mbps from 2.0 Mbps. Sprint also announced aggressive plans for expanding the current generation of EV-DO, while concurrently incorporating the Rev. A software upgrade with a target of covering 190 million people nationwide by the end of 2006. Sprint plans to reach about 220 million people in the U.S. with the advanced network by the end the third quarter in 2007.

For more about Sprint's EV-DO expansion plans:
- Read this press release from Sprint