Sprint Xohm service expands to DC and apparently parts of N. Virginia

In an impromptu test this afternoon conducted jointly in Reston, Va. by BetaNews' Nate Mook and InformationWeek's Nick Hoover, a successful Xohm connection was made -- indicating that service is also extending to the suburbs.

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Initial tests show the Reston connection to yield 4.8 Mbps downstream and 1.3 Mbps upstream. That's even faster downstream than our Baltimore test three weeks ago, where we achieved 2.6 Mbps downstream and 2.4 Mbps upstream. A wireless upstream connection of over 1.0 Mbps is still a considerable achievement.

Earlier today, Washington, DC-based blogger Dave Zatz reported having successfully made a Xohm connection in his hometown, after having purchased a third-party USB WiMAX modem. Sprint has not yet officially announced Washington or the surrounding areas as receiving Xohm service, though it was widely expected to be the next city on the carrier's list.

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