Nextel Site Shows Timing of iDEN Network Tower Reductions
Sprint Nextel has published a web site that allows customers to see approximately when iDEN services will be reduced in their local market. Using the tool, for example, Nextel shows that it will reduce the number of iDEN cell towers in Seattle in mid-April, while San Francisco's towers will be reduced in late-April, New York City's towers will be reduced in late-May, and Miami's towers will be reduced in mid-June. According to the site, iDEN service will not be discontinued entirely with these tower reductions and Sprint's CDMA coverage will not change due to these actions. Sprint is in the middle of its Network Vision project, which will have it refarming some of its 800MHz iDEN spectrum for use with its CDMA voice network.
Verizon Exploring Tower Sale
Verizon Wireless is weighing whether or not to sell its cell towers to a third party, reports Reuters. Earlier this month Verizon's Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo indicated the company is interested in such an idea.
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.
T-Mobile Sells 600 Towers to Phoenix Tower
T-Mobile has finalized the sale of some 600 cell towers to Phoenix Tower International. The deal, first announced in August, transferred ownership and management rights to Phoenix Tower.
Court: FCC Allowed to Manage Tower Siting Process
An appeals court sided with the FCC recently in a decision that upholds the agency's authority to accelerate the process of gaining local approval for cell towers. The U.S.