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Sprint to Skip 600MHz Incentive Auction

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Sep 26, 2015, 5:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint today said it will not participate in the 600MHz reverse auction planned for next year. The company believes its spectrum position is "sufficient to provide its current and future customers great network coverage." Sprint owns significant amounts of spectrum, but much of it is concentrated in the 2.5GHz range. Such spectrum is good for capacity, but not for covering large areas. The 600MHz spectrum up for auction is highly valued for its propagation characteristics. Sprint is set to embark on another network overhaul that it believes will resolve many of the problems its network has faced in recent years. Sprint's finances may have played a role in its decision. The company has not turned a profit since 2007 and has been bleeding cash in recent quarters. A Sprint spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal it is "prioritizing its financial resources to improve network coverage, capacity, speed and reliability now and over the next few years—and we already have the spectrum we need to do so. That is more important for Sprint and its customers than investing in [this] spectrum that wont benefit our subscribers until 2020 at the earliest." T-Mobile plans to participate in the auction, and it is likely AT&T and Verizon will, too. The FCC expects to start the auction in March 2016.


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Sep 27, 2015, 12:27 PM

Oh the irony..

The ironic part here is that Sprint REALLY needs penetration. Their PCS G network isn't cutting it. Not for in building penetration, not for speed, not for capacity. Their 2.5Ghz Clearwire LTE isn't going to work in any building, period, ever, no matter how much the "densify" the network, unless those antennas are put inside buildings and homes, which I doubt they are able to do.
They kinda need the 600Mhz to balance it out, offer in building coverage, can use that to augment their network, buying a bit of time to deploy properly in aggregation with PCS and 800Mhz to provide great service. Remember Sprint, this isn't about COVERAGE only, it is about what SERVICE you can provide, and so far, you're not providing customers with much of anythi...
Which is why sprint spark uses 800, 1900 and 2500 for both voice and data. The very idea of adding another frequency is ridiculous. If they waste money on that spectrum that would be resources they should be using to build out their existing network. ...
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