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 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.
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 Responds to AT&T's 'Double Data' Promo with Its Own
Sprint today moved to counter a mobile data promotion recently launched by AT&T by debuting its own. Beginning today, subscribers to Sprint's Family Share Pack plans will be able to double their data allotments.
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.