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Sprint Will Bail on LightSquared If No FCC Nod by March

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Desperate!

cutboy1985

Jan 31, 2012, 5:33 PM
Sprint really is in need for this deal to fall thru so they can have help with the build out of their LTE network. I wonder how slow their LTE network will deploy if this deal fails?
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Vmac39

Jan 31, 2012, 9:10 PM
Really? I'm no fan of Sprint but, they've been trying to work out a deal with Light Squared for sometime now. I can't imagine that they would want the deal to fall through but, they can't wait too much longer and hope that LS can gain the FCC's approval. It's not good business and the competition isn't waiting for them. Sprint is already late in the game deploying LTE. Besides, who exactly will they get help from to build out, if the FCC doesn't give LS approval?
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MarryTheNight

Jan 31, 2012, 11:33 PM
Vmac39 said:
Really? I'm no fan of Sprint but, they've been trying to work out a deal with Light Squared for sometime now. I can't imagine that they would want the deal to fall through but, they can't wait too much longer and hope that LS can gain the FCC's approval. It's not good business and the competition isn't waiting for them. Sprint is already late in the game deploying LTE. Besides, who exactly will they get help from to build out, if the FCC doesn't give LS approval?


I'm no fan of Sprint either but competition is always good in the industry. Sprint is just poorly mismanaged and they make bad decisions. Dan Hesse needs to step down.

I feel that Sprint made a terrible mistake investing in WiMAX....
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Iknownothing

Feb 1, 2012, 4:03 AM
First, the reason for sprints investment in WiMAX is well documented. They would forfeit the spectrum gained from the Nextel acquisition if they did not deploy a next gen network in a certain time period. Wimax was ready, lte was not, pure and simple.

Also to the best of my knowledge sprint does not actually have wimax on,any of its own towers. That network is owned and operated entirely by clear.
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MarryTheNight

Feb 1, 2012, 12:04 PM
Iknownothing said:
First, the reason for sprints investment in WiMAX is well documented. They would forfeit the spectrum gained from the Nextel acquisition if they did not deploy a next gen network in a certain time period. Wimax was ready, lte was not, pure and simple.

Also to the best of my knowledge sprint does not actually have wimax on,any of its own towers. That network is owned and operated entirely by clear.


Be that is it may, the rest of the industry was going with LTE. They should have made other plans. I do understand the tough spot they were in however if what your saying is true.

Regarding the towers, Yeah I knew it's entirely operated by Clear but I hear conflicting information rea...
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Iknownothing

Feb 1, 2012, 3:56 AM
Sprint does not need lightsquared to help them build their network. That was never the deal. Lightsquared hired Sprint to help them (lightsquared) build their network. In exchange Sprint would gain use of LS's spectrum. Sprint is building the network either way.
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cutboy1985

Feb 1, 2012, 11:51 PM
Then why would sprint pay them money for them to use their network. I believe the deal is that LS get money from from Sprint to use their spectrum and build the LTE out in that portion which LS will have access to and Sprint users will have access to as well. Example: (just a opinion not fact)It's just like sprint buying another company and have to pay less to money so they don't have to build it out their self.
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Iknownothing

Feb 2, 2012, 12:09 AM
I believe lighrsquared is paying sprint.

http://mobile.pcmag.com/device2/article.php?C ALL_URL=http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817, 2389312,00.asp
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