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Sprint Confirms Softbank Talks

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lostandfound

Oct 11, 2012, 10:40 AM
Softbank has a WCDMA network and a TDD-LTE network.
The only overlap with Sprint would be Clearwire's TDD-LTE network.
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rwalford79

Oct 11, 2012, 11:24 AM
No, not wrong. They said an investment and two incompatible networks CAN merge since Sprint is moving to LTE, and you yourself said SoftBank has a TDD-LTE network. So yes, moving forward thwy can be compatible. Additionally, SoftBank is doong it for two reasons, one of them has to do with larger, more exclusive device orders that will benefit both SoftBank in Japan, but also Sprint in the USA. It also gives SoftBank an in to a lucrative market, the USA, which can mean becoming an international operator like Voda and T-Mobile are in the USA. Dan Hesse LOVES Japanese investment as well as formerly the helm of AT&T Wireless, he wooed NTT-DoCoMo into investing and building out the first UMTS network in the USA, later rolling out NextGenNetwork a...
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lostandfound

Oct 11, 2012, 11:30 AM
I think you misunderstood me. My message was meant to moderators. I think they have already edited the original post, but it read "Softbank operates a CDMA network." That is wrong.
I'm very happy another company is looking to invest in Clearwire and Sprint.
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rwalford79

Oct 11, 2012, 11:35 AM
You're right, I misunderstood. I had not seen them post about SoftBank operating a CDMA network. But yes, you are right, going forward any compatibility issues will work out via LTE investment from both compatible network technologies, but at the same time, SoftBank investing in Sprint could come with the bonus of swapping out EVDO for HSPA+ giving Sprint an advantage over Verizon fall back. Personally I welcome foreign investment where the mistakes of Voda/Verizon aren't repeated and Sprint has a more world compatible 3G/4G network and certainly one that is mutually beneficial to Sprint and T-Mobile, of which both could compete against Duopoly but also share some Network Vision investment.
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lostandfound

Oct 11, 2012, 12:51 PM
Swapping EVDO for HSPA+ would be a nightmare, imagine migrating all of Sprint's Customers to HSPA+ phones. I say it's almost impossible considering the billions already invested in their CDMA network just to replace it with another flavor of 3G which is also on its way out. I think we should look at 4G LTE for world compatibility and I think that is the strategy that Softbank will pursue. I can see them shutting down CDMA once LTE and VoLTE are implemented in the next 10 years. GSM and HSPA+ are not spectrum efficient and it would be a lost investment.
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