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Sprint to Relocate Cell Sites In Bid to Cut Costs

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This is the end


Jan 15, 2016, 2:11 PM
These signs all point to the beginning of the end. First, cell companies don't pick site locations at random; they do it to get the coverage they need. If Sprint is willing to move its antennae to cheaper towers solely for cost-saving, then you have to assume that coverage could be impacted. Second, moving from fiber to microwave backhauls will certainly reduce capacity, potentially impacting data speeds. Third, layoffs are never a good sign.

This is a company that's putting itself on life support until a buyer comes along. They're going to do the least they have to do in order to say they're still providing service, but it's pretty obvious that, as a viable company, they're slowly winding down.

Jan 15, 2016, 4:05 PM
This is absurd. First Network Vision, then the whole "network modernization" project and now this? Wont relocating sites cause many service disruptions? didnt they learn any lessons from the rip and replace they went through a few years back? These guys are clueless on network engineering. They keep making all the wrong decisions and losing customers in the process. Still no VoLTE plans? I would hate to own stock in this company. T-Mobile was in a similar situation with their network, but good decisions and engineering show you how to build out an entire LTE network with few issues if any. Poor Sprint.

Jan 15, 2016, 5:53 PM
I don't think it's so much an issue of the engineering folks not knowing what they're doing but more of management desperately trying to stop the bleeding. From what I've read, Softbank isn't happy with Sprint and isn't wanting to continue to pour money into it. So now Sprint is facing a situation where they desperately need to reduce costs just to keep the lights on, which is spurring these measures. Normally, cost-cutting can be a good thing if it makes a company profitable or at least gives it capital to invest in infrastructure, but this is different. They're cannibalizing their network infrastructure--the thing they most need to keep intact--in order to keep the company operating for a little while longer. My guess is they're tryin...

Jan 17, 2016, 10:24 AM
I'm not sure the brand can be saved at this point. Giving service away at 50% off is the only way they are adding subs. If you lose those because of network quality... Look out below.

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