Thanks to Raleigh – Forbes May Need to Change the Name

Raleigh, North Carolina has just been named “America’s Most Wired City” by Forbes magazine. Ironically, it’s Raleigh’s wireless chops that earned it this title!

“The city’s downtown is covered by a wi-fi network that is free to users. Operator Sprint Nextel ( S – news – people ) recently launched its “4G” next-generation mobile broadband in Raleigh and the rest of the ‘Triangle’–months before larger cities like Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., will get the service.”

Having started my telecom career working in Research Triangle Park, and enjoying the benefits of being surrounded by North Carolina State University (Raleigh), Duke University (Durham), and the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), I can appreciate the forward thinking-ness of the Triangle and why it’s been a great place for Sprint’s 4G service.

In fact, the Triangle was the first place we ever trialed “4G” services – way back in 2004, Nextel launched trials of a new service using technology from Flarion. What we learned there was instrumental to the definition of the services we later launched as Sprint 4G.

Way to go Raleigh! Maybe next year you can win the real prize – being named by Forbes America’s Most Wireless City!

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