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EarthLink, SK Telecom Team for New MVNO

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Replying to:  so SK-EarthLink is gonna be another name in wireless? by janze4   Jan 26, 2005, 11:40 PM

Re: so SK-EarthLink is gonna be another name in wireless?

by Rich Brome (Moderator)    Jan 27, 2005, 12:57 AM

Sprint actually has plenty of spectrum to spare, and even more after bringing on Nextel. That's why they've been bringing on MVNOs like crazy.

I'm guessing that Verizon is part of this just to supplement Sprint - to provide basic 1xRTT coverage where Sprint has none, and to add EV-DO coverage where Sprint hasn't launched that yet. Verizon is in a tough spectrum position in many markets, so I don't see any other way they would agree to this.

Sprint has made statements recently that they'll bring on pretty much anyone as an MVNO - not just prepaid. They're bringing on AT&T and ESPN soon. I doubt AT&T will be prepaid. I think for them it's about getting the most from their spectrum. Why let huge chunks of it sit idle when they could be making money with it?

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