In the eyes of many, WiMAX is old news in the United States, marked by the decision of Sprint's Clearwire unit to shift its focus from WiMAX to TD-LTE. However, Telrad Networks just announced that its equipment will be used in a new 3.65 GHz WiMAX network in Ohio.
Rumors of a potential deal between Sprint and T-Mobile US have been swirling for weeks. I'm firmly against such a deal. That's not because I want to see the continued dominance of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility, telecom giants that are gobbling up revenues and profits. Instead, a Sprint/T-Mobile merger is a horrible idea on policy, operational and technological levels. And the companies themselves--and the wider industry--would be better off if they didn't merge.
Sprint is working with network vendor BroadSoft to enable next-generation IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) technology as well as Voice over LTE. However, Sprint has not given a firm timeline for when it will launch VoLTE service.
The auction of the 1900 MHz PCS H Block is one week old but it's already becoming apparent to analysts that Dish Network is set to capture the spectrum in short order, an outcome that many saw as inevitable. The question now is, if and when Dish wins control of the airwaves, what it might do with another 10 MHz chunk of spectrum.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son met recently with antitrust officials at the Department of Justice to pitch the idea of a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile US but encountered skepticism and resistance, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
AT&T reported weaker wireless subscriber growth for the fourth quarter than it had in the year-ago period, but the company also posted stronger data revenues.
Sprint is playing into the emerging mobile nature of its business clients by adding Microsoft Lync to its cloud-based unified communications (UC) solution, Sprint Complete Collaboration, which it debuted in 2012.
The start of the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum incentive auctions may have been pushed from this year to the middle of 2015, but the fight to define rules that might restrict the ability of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility to acquire airwaves in the auctions rages on. Last week, representatives from Sprint, T-Mobile US, U.S. Cellular, Dish Network and a wide array of associations and public interest groups met with FCC officials and urged for those restrictions.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere once again did not rule out the possibility of a merger with No. 3 carrier Sprint, saying such a combination would allow the companies to better compete with what he called the "duopoly" of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility.
Sprint said it will book a $165 million charge in the fourth quarter related to job cuts, but did not reveal how many employees it plans to cut as part of a restructuring.