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If you paid any attention to Nextel’s third quarter earnings, then you could have picked up enough clues to see that that Flarion deployment would happen much sooner than expected. Nextel is ramping up its capital expenditure, because the network is getting crowded as more folks […]

If you paid any attention to Nextel’s third quarter earnings, then you could have picked up enough clues to see that that Flarion deployment would happen much sooner than expected. Nextel is ramping up its capital expenditure, because the network is getting crowded as more folks are signing up for Nextel’s service. iDEN is not going to cut it, and the company has started throwing its resources in making Flarion as a centerpiece of its future strategy. Flarion has the potential to increase the network efficiency, along with bringing real high-speed data services to Nextel customers.

  1. Om,

    I’ve been following Falrion since my first briefing with them in 2001. Talk about a long rollout period…and ramp up. But I understand the concept and feel that the concept can be very cost efficient for the carriers.

    That said, where does this leave EV-DO and UMTS?

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  2. well those are rival technologies and verizon and cingular will be duking out on those technologies. interesting to see that once again we will have three different standards in the US, versus rest of the planet which seems to be a bit more coherent.

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  3. …and then of course there is T-Mobile which will do what the rest of the world does…..even if their coverage keeps getting weaker before it gets better here in California and in Boston it was a disaster …

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  4. Jesse Kopelman Monday, October 25, 2004

    The big move to Flarion, if it happens, will happen in accordance with the big spectrum reallocation to 1900MHz. At that time, all the existing base stations will be useless anyway.

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  5. Someone here... Monday, October 25, 2004

    The buzz at CTIA is that all this talk about Nextel already agreeing to go with Flarion is simply that… talk. Nextel is still busy testing other technologies, and some think they may not go with Flarion at all, or (more likely) may go with a combination of technologies.

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  6. Although there has been a lot of blather in the press that Nextel won’t go with a small company like Flarion, this misses the point that it’s the big OEMs who are bidding on the RFP for both Flash-OFDM and EV-DO. And Flash-OFDM is the only technology being field-tested commercially by Nextel (they will have had 12-15 months of testing a live network with 2500 users). I suspect the EV-DO RFPs are a negotiation ploy – would Nextel really want to be the first to roll out an untested version of EV-DO? They are looking at Rev A, which although closer in performance to Flarion than Rel0 (the Verizon/Sprint version), it has never been rolled out or even field-tested anywhere. Sounds nuts to me.

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  7. It would simply be suicide for Nextel to go with EV-DO. They need to differentiate their service offerings from the other players. If not, they simply compete on price and service, and Verizon will clean their clock. Not to mention Wall Street.

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  8. Well,
    In retrospect, Flarion lost it!
    It had a lot to do with carier mentality as well as some minor
    correction that flarion could have done(i am thinking of things like each Bts having a GPS clock)

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