Sprint Has Closed 9,600 iDEN Towers
Jul 26, 2012, 7:49 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Sprint today provided an update on its Network Vision project as part of its second quarter financial report. Sprint said that it has completed the deactivation of 9,600 iDEN cell sites across the country, and is ahead of schedule for its planned transition away from iDEN to CDMA-based voice/data services. However, Sprint reported that as customers leave its iDEN network, it is only recapturing 60% of them with Sprint services. This means 40% of iDEN customers not only ditch their iDEN service, but are switching to other carriers when they do. Sprint expects its iDEN network will be fully deactivated no later than June 30, 2013. It previously targeted June 30, 2013 as the "earliest" it would shut down iDEN. Further, the company has made solid progress in switching to multi-modal cell towers and base stations. Sprint has gained the necessary permits and leases for nearly 14,000 cell sites and has already begun construction on 6,300 sites. Sprint says that 2,000 multi-modal cell sites are already operational and performing as expected with respect to coverage and speed. Sprint believes it will have 12,000 of these cell sites operational by the end of the year, and the bulk of its Network Vision project completed by the end of 2013.
|NexTel was Doomed ...||DMZ||
|If it only went the other way||hooker13||
|Some of Us Will Miss iDEN||jrfdsf||
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