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FCC allows Sprint to use 3G and 4G technologies in iDEN spectrum

Stephen Bye, is CTO and vice president of technology development & strategy for Sprint

US operator Sprint Nextel will be able to provide better coverage to its customers after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new legislation surrounding the Enhanced Specialised Mobile Radio (ESMR) 800MHz spectrum.

US operators to introduce shared data pricing plans

US operators are gearing up to launch shared data price plans

Operators in the US are preparing to launch shared data plans, allowing multiple devices owned by an individual or members of a family to draw data from a single monthly allotment. The move is one of the first examples of innovation in data pricing, as operators struggle to reap dividends from an increase in consumer data usage.

NSN loses out as Lightsquared confirms Sprint tie-up

Sprint and Lightsquared have inked out their tie-up to create an nationwide US LTE network

US wholesale player Lightsquared has confirmed that it has entered into a partnership with Sprint Nextel that will see Sprint deploy an LTE network on Lightsquared’s behalf. The deal has put a serious dent in the US ambitions of Nokia Siemens Networks, which was named as Lightsquared’s network deployment partner last year.

WIMAX: The Long Goodbye

Sprint Nextel's CTO Stephen Bye

As CTO of US carrier Sprint Nextel, Stephen Bye presides over one of the most complex combinations of network technologies within the mobile industry. Bye talks to Telecoms.com about his preparations for the next phase of the carrier’s technological evolution and the long-awaited, yet still not officially announced, move to LTE.

Clearwire postpones spectrum sell-off

Clearwire has postponed its planned spectrum sell off

Clearwire has announced the postponement of plans to sell off radio spectrum this year in an effort to raise funds. Following record subscriber growth of 1.8 million in the first quarter of the year and a revenue increase of over $130m, CFO Hope Cochrane said that “With the near-term capital needs of our current business now satisfied, we will be extremely judicious with our spectrum assets.”

AT&T to acquire T-Mobile USA

AT&T is looking to acquire T-Mobile in a $39bn deal

Years of speculation regarding T-Mobile USA’s future ended yesterday with the surprise announcement that AT&T is to buy the embattled telco for $39bn. Rumours regarding the possible sale of T-Mobile USA have been circulating for years but almost always worked on the assumption that the telco would unite with a smaller operator, such as Sprint or, more recently, Clearwire.

LightSquared’s difficult choice – reducing 4G mobile network costs by whatever means necessary

LightSquared’s Nokia dilemma raises important issues about network consolidation and outsourcing

Press reports that LightSquared may be considering ditching its managed services deal with Nokia Siemens Networks in favour of a network sharing deal with Sprint Nextel raises important issues about what mix of network consolidation and outsourcing is most appropriate for the US market, or any advanced mobile market for that matter.

Deutsche Telekom keeps its US options open

Speculation has once again mounted regarding a T-Mobile/Sprint merger

With shares rising on the back of speculation of a T-Mobile/Sprint merger in the US, Deutsche Telekom CFO Tim Hoettges declined to comment on “rumour and speculation” saying only that the company is “open to all options” and that it is “flexibly positioned.”

Sprint Nextel loss widens in second quarter

Sprint Nextel loss widens in second quarter

It looks like US carrier Sprint Nextel delivered the good news first – announcing the acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA earlier in the week. Because the bad news followed on Wednesday, when Sprint recorded a net loss for the second quarter which increased 12 per cent year on year to $384m from $344m in the same period last year.

A load of Tosh

There’s been a bit of a Tosh theme this week, and where better to start than with the news that the 1980s ad-theme of “Hello Tosh, got a Toshiba?” can be wheeled out for the mobile phone market. The Japanese vendor’s TG01, unveiled at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year, is now available exclusively on Orange in the UK and France, with the firm planning to sell it in Switzerland, Romania and Poland later on in the year.

Down to the Clearwire

Down to the Clearwire

Burdens of proof and responsibility lie with the WiMAX ‘mega’ projects, in particular US carrier Clearwire. These players need to deliver soon if the technology is to shed its ‘niche’ image.

WiMAX: Broadband horizons

WiMAX: Broadband horizons

WiMAX aligns with the wireless universe

Issue 01 October 2007


Interview: Intel’s WiMAX brains trust

Case Study: Korea Telecom’s WiBro network

Feature: The business cases for WiMAX

Sprint calls its WiMAX service Xohm

US carrier Sprint Nextel gave an update on its WiMAX plans on Thursday, revealing that the wireless broadband service will be marketed under the awkwardly named “Xohm” brand – pronounced “zoam”. A soft launch of the WiMAX network is expected by the end of 2007 in the Chicago and Baltimore/Washington markets, with commercial services expected [...]

Sprint taps Microsoft for search services

US operator Sprint Nextel said Thursday that it has forged a partnership with Microsoft to develop new service offerings for Sprint’s business and consumer customers. The first consumer offering in this collaboration allows Sprint customers to use Windows Live Search on their mobile phones to access location-based content. The service is immediately available at no [...]

Mobile firms to be grilled on spying

The US House Energy and Commerce Committee is to question executives from major US telcos later this week as part of the inquiry into the Hewlett-Packard “pretexting” scandal. Cingular, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, and Sprint-Nextel have all been summoned to face the committee on Friday, which will also interview the former HP director Patricia Dunn, CEO [...]

Sprint intros pay per view mobile movies

US mobile customers can now access full length, pay per view movies on their handsets, following the launch of a new service by US cellco Sprint Nextel late Tuesday. Sprint Movies, which already has the backing of Buena Vista VOD, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Universal Pictures, offers a list of more than 45 [...]

Sprint shows Rev. A cards

US operator Sprint Nextel announced commercial availability of its high speed cdma2000 1x EV-DO Revision A data cards Tuesday. Compatible with laptops as well as the soon-to-be-available Linksys Wireless G-Router, the Merlin S720 card manufactured by Novatel Wireless, allows wireless broadband connectivity at average download and upload speeds of 450-850kbps and 300-400kbps respectively. Sprint plans [...]

Sprint brand struck legal blow by iPCS

Regional US cellular operator, iPCS, Tuesday threw a legal spanner into the works of Sprint Nextel’s drive for a unified brand. iPCS, an affiliate of Sprint Nextel, said that Judge Thomas Quinn has ruled in favour of its claims that the Sprint Nextel merger violated a management agreement between the companies. The judge ruled that [...]

IPWireless disappointed by Sprint decision

Sprint Nextel’s decision to run with 802.16e WiMAX for its mobile broadband offering comes as a major blow to the proponents of rival technologies. One vendor which has expressed its disappointment at the decision is IPWireless, the UMTS TDD specialist which at one point looked like it was in the running for the deal. Sprint [...]

Sprint bets $3bn on mobile WiMAX

US carrier Sprint Nextel Tuesday confirmed plans to develop and deploy a mobile WiMAX IEEE 802.16e network in the 2.5GHz band. Sprint has signed up Intel, Motorola and Samsung to develop a nationwide network infrastructure as well as mobile WiMAX-enabled chipsets for consumer electronics. Gary Forsee, president and chief executive of Sprint Nextel said the [...]