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Sprint's rumored network overhaul to include relocating towers and relying on microwave backhaul

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.

Sprint says it will cut $1B in backhaul costs by transitioning to microwave

Sprint believes that by transitioning from wholesale fiber- to microwave-based backhaul it will be able to save up to $1 billion.

Analysts: Sprint's reported network overhaul is high-risk, high-reward

Few details are known about Sprint's reported plans to save $1 billion by moving its towers from space leased by American Tower and Crown Castle to government land where rent is cheaper, as reported by Re/code last week. But analysts agree that it would be a high-risk, high-reward strategy.

Cuba removed from FCC exclusion list, opening door for more U.S.-based CSPs

The FCC has removed Cuba from its exclusion list, opening up opportunities for U.S.-based communications service providers to offer traditional telephone and Internet services to the country without needing to get separate approval from the regulator.

Sprint MVNO Karma reinstates 5 Mbps speeds on Neverstop, but caps it at 15 GB/month

Karma said it will restore network speeds of its Neverstop data service and instead will throttle speeds only when a user's consumption exceeds 15 GB in any particular month.

Report: Sprint to cut $1B by moving towers to government-owned land, backhaul to microwave

Sprint is moving forward with plans of a "radical overhaul of its cellular network," according to Re/code, in a move that could save as much as $1 billion.

Sprint CEO Claure looks mostly outside of company for newest group of regional presidents

Sprint announced it hired another six new regional presidents-- executives charged with running the company's operations in locations stretching from Denver to New York-- a move that pushes Sprint one step closer toward completing the upper-level management for its new corporate structure. Most of the company's newest regional presidents are new Sprint employees.

Carriers warn FCC not to move too hastily in expanding emergency alerts

U.S. carriers say they support the FCC's effort to expand its emergency wireless alert (EWA) system, but they're urging the agency not to make any hasty moves.

Boingo details installation process for Wi-Fi calling on its airport hotspots

LAS VEGAS-- Wi-Fi and DAS network provider Boingo Wireless found that Wi-Fi calling requires hotspot download speeds of around 160 Kbps for audio connections and 2.5Mbps for video connections, and latency of less than 200 ms. As a result, the company said it had to significantly increase the number of Wi-Fi hotspots it operates in major U.S. airports in order to support mobile Wi-Fi calling services.

Wells Fargo: Verizon, T-Mobile to lead in handset subscriber adds in Q4, outpacing AT&T's losses

Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint will all report relatively solid postpaid subscriber adds in the fourth quarter, according to a forecast from Wells Fargo Securities, while AT&T will see a net loss in postpaid handset subscribers.