Sprint Puts Vendors at Fault for LTE Network Delays
Sprint's Network Vision project has been plagued by problems with its equipment providers, the company said in paperwork recently filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. "During the second half of 2012, we experienced delays with vendor execution, backhaul connectivity delays, shortages in equipment such as fiber cable and antennas, as well as other regulatory and environmental issues," said Sprint. Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and Samsung are the three companies providing Sprint with its networking gear, each of which is responsible for a select geographical area of the country. "However, we expect that we will recover from these delays and we are still forecasting to have the majority of the sites on-air by the end of 2013 with expected completion of Network Vision deployment by the middle of 2014." Sprint has been slow to deploy its LTE network, which first launched during the second quarter of 2012. It had expected to cover 250 million POPs with LTE by the end of 2013, but has revised that estimate downward to 200 million. It says it is still on track to reach 150 million POPs by the middle of 2013.
Samsung Reveals Price Points for Gear Sport Watch and Icon X Headphones
Samsung today said its Gear Sport smartwatch and Icon X 2018 headphones will be available for pre-order starting October 13, with general retail availability to follow October 27. The Gear Sport, a fitness-focused smartwatch that runs Samsung's Tizen platform, costs $299.99.
Sprint Says Network Vision Is Basically Done
Sprint recently indicated that its years-long Network Vision project is coming to a close. Sprint's 1900MHz LTE network covers 260 million POPs, according to Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer, who made the comments at a Bank of America investor conference this week.
T-Mobile Says LTE Footprint Now Matches Sprint
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said the company's LTE 4G network now covers 280 million POPS. That's a slight improvement from the 275 million POPs T-Mobile said it covered at the end of April.
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 blaming someone else besides themselves
shame on sprint for doing this again. They should blame themselves!
go figure. They blamed nextel, they blamed everyone else but themselves with this mess. now they are blaming LTE network vendors. shame on them. they are the ones who picked them..... so its their fault not the vendo
Be that as it may...
So don't fault the vendors, fault the complete morons you give power in your company - they do nothing but talk, INSTEAD of getting you RESULTS.
Do it in house like Verizon
Hope the manufacturers get their act together.
That's why Verizon choose to do it in house so their people have something vested in the company and it's network completion
Yea but do it in house and then when it goes wrong there is no one to blame ...
Didn't take long
I agree! Seems they always have some kind of scapegoat to blame their problems on, no matter what they are, no matter when they happen.
"It's all their fault, even though we're supposed to be handling this."