Sprint to Decommission 9,600 iDEN Towers Before October
Sprint today revealed more details about the process of decommissioning its iDEN network. The company announced that it has selected a number of vendors nationwide that will perform the actual work of removing Sprint's equipment from its base station and cell tower locations for re-use or recycling. Additionally, Sprint said that it plans to decommission 9,600 iDEN cell towers before the end of the third quarter, reducing the availability of iDEN services to its current customers. Sprint recently ceased offering iDEN handsets and is pushing customers who require push-to-talk services to transition to its new CDMA-based PTT DirectConnect service. Sprint said that its iDEN network will be fully decommissioned "as early as" June 30, 2013.
Sprint's Direct Connect Plus PTT Service Is Now Live
Sprint recently launched its Direct Connect Plus push-to-talk service. Direct Connect Plus powers walkie-talkie style conversations with instant connections between users.
Sprint Says It Will Offer Nationwide 5G By Mid-2019
Sprint will use its 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings to provide the backbone for its planned 5G network, which is on deck to go live during the first half of 2019. The company is already hard at work on what it calls its Next-Gen Network.
Sprint to Sell Certain Network Assets for $2.2 Billion
Sprint has agreed to sell select network assets to a company called Network LeaseCo and then lease back those assets for an unspecified sum. The move is meant to boost Sprint's cash position and will eventually add $2.2 billion to the company's coffers.
Sprint to Relocate Cell Sites In Bid to Cut Costs
Sprint hopes moving its radio infrastructure away from privately held companies to government-owned land and/or structures will help shave $1 billion in costs, reports Re/code. Sprint leases cell tower access from Crown Castle and American Tower, and lease rates are a significant part of it operational costs.
Sprint Likely Switch from Qualcomm to Kodiak for PTT Services
Sprint is on the verge of offering a new version of its push-to-talk service, according to the company's web site. Direct Connect Plus, when it becomes available, will allow "a wide selection of feature phones, smartphones, and tablets" to make PTT calls via 3G, 4G LTE, and WiFi.