Sprint's shakeup of its network executive team is continuing, with longtime Sprint executive Iyad Tarazi leaving the company. His departure comes just weeks after Sprint announced that Steve Elfman, president of network operations, and Bob Azzi, the carrier's senior vice president of networks, would be leaving the company.
Sprint is currently working with erstwhile suitor Dish Network on a trial of TD-LTE fixed wireless broadband service using Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum. However, analysts think there are plenty of opportunities for the companies to either expand the trial more broadly or work together in other ways that make use of their respective spectrum assets.
John Saw, Sprint's chief network officer, said that the carrier plans to expand its tri-band LTE Spark service to a two-carrier configuration toward the end of this year, which he said will result in peak download speeds of 120 Mbps. Then, by the end of 2015, Sprint plans to add another carrier to the configuration of its 2.5 GHz LTE network, which will result in three-carrier peak speeds of 180 Mbps.
Sprint, the nation's third largest wireless operator, is largely finished with the mammoth Network Vision network modernization project it started more than three years ago. The result, however, is an LTE service that only covers around 200 million people and is, by most measurements, the nation's slowest. Compare this to T-Mobile, which covered roughly the same number of people with LTE in half the time as Sprint with speeds that often rank at or near the top. And T-Mobile is enjoying significant momentum thanks to its "uncarrier" branding. Nonetheless, Sprint executives are arguing that 2014 is "th e year" for Sprint. I think that remains to be seen.
As the FCC works to finalize rules for next year's incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, the lobbyists who work for the Tier 1 wireless carriers are seeing a booming industry.
AT&T Mobility is shutting down its location-based "Alerts" text-message-based marketing program at the end of the month and plans to release an updated version of the service later this year.
Sprint is cutting at least 1,400 jobs across the country, and perhaps more, as it closes call centers, trims jobs related to refurbishing phones and shuts down underperforming retail stores.
Sprint prepaid brands Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile will throttle the speeds of heavy data users to slower speeds starting in May, apparently the result of increased smartphone penetration and data usage in the brands.
The TDD spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band that Sprint acquired from Clearwire last summer is "a powerful resource for Sprint to catch up to its competitors" and can enable the United States' third-largest mobile operator "to provide super high speed data connections," according to a report from Strategy Analytics.
Prepaid subscribers at AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US are being overcharged for voice minutes they use, according to a Washington Post report. Essentially, prepaid customers who pay for voice calls by the minute are being charged for more minutes than they think they are using. This is most notably evident in the fact that even calls that end before one minute of voice airtime is used up are getting treated as two-minute calls.