Sprint Kicks LightSquared to the Curb
Sprint is going to cancel its 15-year LTE 4G wireless network contract with LightSquared, according to the Wall Street Journal. Citing people familiar with Sprint's plans, the nation's third-largest network operator will walk away from the deal on Friday and return approximately $65 million in payments it had received from LightSquared. Sprint partnered with LightSquared last year in hopes of sharing the costs to deploy LTE 4G mobile broadband networks. Sprint's contract with LightSquared was contingent upon LightSquared gaining FCC approval to operate its network in the L-band satellite spectrum. The FCC revoked LightSquared's provisional waiver and decided that the GPS-related interference risks are too great. Sprint will now forge ahead with long-time 4G partner Clearwire in creating its LTE network.
Sprint Parent Greenlights Network Plan
SoftBank has given Sprint the go-ahead to begin its network improvement plan. The nation's third-largest carrier plans to densify its LTE 4G network to improve coverage and capacity.
Sprint's WiMax Shutdown May Halt Service for Charities
Sprint plans to deactivate its WiMax network on Nov. 6, but some charities say the change will eliminate internet service for some 300,000 Americans altogether.
Sprint Retires 'Spark' and Launches 'LTE Plus'
Sprint is rebranding its LTE 4G network in an effort to call attention to the technology involved in making the network tick. Sprint LTE Plus replaces the Sprint Spark name for the company's tri-band LTE network, which uses 800MHz, 1.9GHz, and 2.5GHz.
Sprint to Skip 600MHz Incentive Auction
Sprint today said it will not participate in the 600MHz reverse auction planned for next year. The company believes its spectrum position is "sufficient to provide its current and future customers great network coverage." Sprint owns significant amounts of spectrum, but much of it is concentrated in the 2.5GHz range.
ROK Mobile Expands Coverage and Retail Presence
ROK Mobile, a music-focused MVNO, today said it has significantly expanded coverage by partnering with "the nation's largest 4G LTE network." ROK Mobile didn't name its new partner, but said customers can now enjoy cellular network access in more places. The carrier has already partnered with Sprint and T-Mobile, so the new partner is either AT&T or Verizon Wireless.
"Sprint will now forage ahead with long-time 4G partner WiMax in creating its LTE network"