Sprint has joined the WiMax forum as a “Principle Member”. Sprint cites their development and participation in the IEEE 802.16 standard, of which Mobile WiMax is a part of (802.16e).
Sprint states that this is a move in support of the “infastructure goals” of the WiMax forum. Does this mean Sprint will deploy WiMax? Not at all, Sprint is showing their interest in making WiMax potentially something it would want to deploy however.
Bottom Line: Sprint wants credit for its existing influence in 802.16, and they intend to use it to shape WiMax potentially in the future.