Clearwire Spectrum Vital to Sprint's 4G Plans
Sprint said that Clearwire's 2.5GHz spectrum will play an essential role in Sprint's LTE 4G network in the coming years. Speaking to reporters this week, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse explained that both its 1900MHz and 800MHz bands will run out of capacity for LTE 4G in several years. Sprint is deploying LTE on its 1900MHz spectrum this year and next year, and will start deploying LTE on its 800MHz spectrum in 2014. Clearwire is launching TDD-LTE in its 2.5GHz spectrum band. Hesse clearly said that if Clearwire can't or doesn't get its LTE network up and running in a sufficient way, that Sprint may be forced to acquire more spectrum for its 4G network. Hesse didn't say what spectrum bands it would look to acquire, but said that Clearwire's spectrum is highly desirable.
Masayoshi Son Would Consider Selling Sprint Spectrum
SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son indicated he'd be willing to sell some of the company's 2.5GHz spectrum assets to keep Sprint funded. Sprint gained a massive amount of 2.5GHz spectrum holdings when it purchased Clearwire.
Sprint Touts Network Progress
Sprint today offered a snapshot of the progress it has made deploying LTE around the country. According to its fourth quarter earnings, Sprint's LTE network now reaches 270 million POPs, up from 260 million in the previous quarter.
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.
AT&T Targeting Summer Launch for LTE in WCS Spectrum
AT&T plans to begin deploying LTE service in its 2.3GHz WCS spectrum holdings this summer. AT&T acquired some WCS spectrum from NextWave in 2012 and more from Sprint in 2014.
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.