Dish Network is optimistic that the trials it is conducting with Sprint (NYSE: S) and nTelos Wireless to supply fixed broadband via 2.5 GHz TD-LTE service can turn into an actual business, according to Dish executives.
Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless is evaluating the early results from its trial of fixed TD-LTE service in partnership with Dish Network, and will look at how the network is handling heavier loads of data before deciding whether to expand the offering to more markets.
Sprint named an executive from its parent company SoftBank as its new top network executive. The posting comes at a time when sprint is trying to catch up to its rivals in LTE network coverage and expand its deployment of its tri-band Spark LTE service, especially via TD-LTE using 2.5 GHz spectrum.
Nokia Networks signed a framework agreement worth $970 million (€765 million) with China Mobile that will see the Finland-based company provide TD-LTE equipment to support the further rollout of the Chinese operator's domestic mobile network.
If we're talking about a coherent standard--one harmonized ecosystem, supporting LTE TDD alongside FDD--operators and vendors both benefit. Operators get to deploy (are deploying) services in the spectrum they have. Vendors get to develop TDD products (network and client) with global opportunities. Where so many telecom "hopes" fall flat, it's nice to see this one materialize. It's no albino squirrel, but it is pretty cool.
Rather than network improvement, Sprint needs network acceleration. Just as he was aggressive in pricing and promotions, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has the opportunity to step on the gas to expand the 2014 2.5 GHz target and accelerate the 2015 rollout with at least 250 million POPs covered before the end of next year.
Dish Network launched fixed TD-LTE service in Corpus Christi, Texas, using Sprint's 2.5 GHz network and spectrum.
LAS VEGAS--Rival U.S. operators are concerned about the "peak wars" that Sprint might initiate using its vast spectrum holdings, said Mike Murphy, Nokia Networks' head of technology, North America.
Sprint still plans to deploy its 2.5 GHz spectrum on a nationwide basis but is going to change its approach to how it rolls out the spectrum to be more targeted on congested points of its network. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure detailed the change in Sprint's 2.5 GHz buildout approach in comments he made during his first investor conference.
The rapid and massive rollout of TD-LTE by China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator, propelled Asia Pacific to $3 billion in LTE infrastructure revenue during 2014's second quarter. That helped make the region into the largest LTE revenue generator, accounting for 54 percent of total global LTE infrastructure revenues, according to Infonetics Research.