Sprint Signs LTE Wholesalers
Sprint has signed wholesale LTE capacity agreements with at least 10 companies, said Matt Carter, president of Sprint Wholesale Solutions and New Ventures in an interview. Carter said that its wholesale customers will provide Sprint LTE services under their own brand, but declined to name any of the companies. Sprint last year said it wanted to increase the number of its wholesale customers, which now number more than 100. The new wholesale customers may be seeking alternative service providers now that LightSquared's planned LTE 4G network has been blocked by the FCC. LightSquared had signed up dozens of wholesalers before its plans collapsed.
Sprint Expands LTE and Spark to More Markets
Sprint today increased the footprint of its LTE 4G network and its Sprint Spark service. Sprint LTE is now available in 41 new cities around the country, bringing the total to 443 cities and 225 million people.
Sprint Signs 15 More Rural Carriers to LTE Initiative
Sprint today announced it has forged LTE 4G roaming agreements with 15 more rural network operators. Today's additions boost the number of carriers participating in Sprint's Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program to 27.
Nonprofits Convince Judge to Delay Sprint's WiMAX Shutdown
Mobile Citizens, a not-for-profit organization that provides free and low-cost internet service to schools, has won an injunction preventing Sprint from shutting down its WiMax network. Sprint had planned to cease operating WiMax on Nov.
Sprint Doubles LTE Plus Footprint
Sprint today said it has doubled the availability of its LTE Plus coverage from 77 markets in November to more than 150 markets today. Some of the new markets include Boulder, Colo., West Palm Beach, Fla., Cleveland, Ohio, and Syracuse, N.Y.
Sprint to Kill Off WiMax Once and for All On Nov. 6, 2015
Sprint today confirmed it will permanently shutter its WiMax network on or around November 6, 2015. The company had previously said it would operate the failed 4G network until "the end of 2015." Sprint said it has identified 6,000 "redundant sites that we expect to decommission and terminate the underlying leases," as part of the process, which will save the company some money.