Sprint's network still includes working Huawei equipment despite the carrier's 2013 vow to remove or destroy gear from the Chinese company, according to a LightReading report.
Sprint said it has doubled the number of markets in which it offers "LTE Plus" and cited recent Nielsen data indicating its network is faster than those of Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. And the beleaguered carrier criticized some other network-measurement methods used by its competitors.
Speaking to the media on the heels of the deadline to submit comments for the FCC's special access proceeding, Charles McKee, VP of government affairs for federal and state regulatory at Sprint, said wireless backhaul costs the carrier pays to ILECs have continued to rise.
Sprint bumped up its quarterly earnings call to next week in an apparent move to ease the fears of investors in the wake of plummeting shares and downgraded credit ratings.
T-Mobile US confirmed to FierceWireless that is has discontinued its promotion that offered four lines of service with 6 GB of data on each line for $120 per month. The carrier launched the promotion late last year and ended it this week.
Sprint's struggles are beginning to take a toll on parent company SoftBank.
As Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and others work to bolster their cellular networks in the heart of the Big Apple, they are now facing another competitor: New York City, which this week began offering public access to its small but growing network of LinkNYC-branded public Wi-Fi hotspots.
T-Mobile is once again taking aim at Sprint's customers, and this time it's using MetroPCS to do it.
As the U.S. smartphone market nears the saturation point, carriers are increasingly having to choose between growing their subscriber bases and maximizing revenues. But as the operators prepare to release quarterly earnings in the coming weeks, T-Mobile still appears to be doing both.
Sprint is reportedly about to embark on a radical overhaul of its cellular network that will include moving its antennas off of towers owned by companies like Crown Castle and American Tower and instead using government-owned land and towers with cheaper rent. In addition, the carrier is rumored to also be ending its reliance on fiber for backhaul and instead use microwave, which will mean it won't have to lease fiber from players like AT&T and Verizon. According to Re/code, which first reported Sprint's network plans, the revamp of its network towers and backhaul could save the company $1 billion and begin as soon as June.