Mobile WiMAX players dive into patent pool

Six of the big guns in the mobile WiMAX world announced the formation of a patent pool on Tuesday. Dubbed the Open Patent Alliance (OPA), the founding members are Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Intel, Samsung and WiMAX pin ups of the operator community, Clearwire and Sprint. The group said the purpose of the OPA is to help […]

Get it while it’s hot: Sprint’s mobile WiMAX is ready

US operator and WiMAX pin up Sprint has announced that Samsung has met its commercial acceptance criteria for mobile WiMAX. This means Sprint is happy with the overall performance, handoff performance and handoff delay. Korean vendor Samsung is building out mobile WiMAX networks for Sprint in Baltimore and Washington DC. Since finalising a supply agreement […]

IPCS sues Sprint over ‘new’ Clearwire

Only days after Sprint and Clearwire announced plans to combine their respective WiMAX businesses, Sprint affiliate iPCS has slapped a law suit on the third largest operator in the US. According to the affiliate, the ‘new’ Clearwire would violate a service exclusivity arrangement that it struck with Sprint in 1999 for the seven states in which […]

Sprint flags after losing 1 million subscribers

Embattled US carrier Sprint Nextel said Monday that its first quarterly loss more than doubled to $505m, compared to $211m a year ago, as the company haemorrhaged mobile subscribers. During the quarter, a net total of 1.09 million wireless subscribers walked away from the firm, including 1.07 million post paid subscribers and 543,000 traditional prepaid […]

New Sprint boss shakes up management

The newly installed head honcho at US carrier Sprint Nextel appears keen to put his own stamp on the company, with three executives set to leave on Friday. Dan Hesse, the former head of Sprint’s fixed line spin off, Embarq, took over the reins as president and CEO of Sprint at the start of this […]

Sprint cuts 4,000 staff

US carrier Sprint is to cut 4,000 jobs as financial pressure and subscribers losses continued through the fourth quarter of 2007. The headcount reduction is expected to be completed in the first half of the year and will include management and non-management positions. Sprint aims to save around $700-$800m per year by the end of […]

Sprint to launch WiMAX end-April

US wireless operator Sprint said it is on track to launch WiMAX services to consumers and businesses at the end of April. This week, Barry West, president of Sprint’s Xohm business unit, also revealed that the company would be making its wireless broadband network available on a daily, weekly or monthly subscription basis. A soft […]

Sprint remains on track for 2008 WiMAX launch

Despite the recent break up of its WiMAX joint venture with Clearwire, US carrier Sprint Nextel remains on track for a commercial launch of the wireless broadband technology next year. Sprint is soft launching its WiMAX network in three markets between now and Christmas, with several hundred employees testing the network over data cards. After […]

Sprint, Clearwire call off WiMAX partnership

Sprint Nextel’s plans for WiMAX took a knock on Friday, as build out partner Clearwire announced a termination of their original agreement. As US-based WiMAX proponent Clearwire reported its third quarter results on Friday, the company revealed that it and Sprint have terminated their obligations regarding the WiMAX build out partnership announced in July. Under […]

Sprint downturn puts WiMAX plans in doubt

A drop in earnings has put the WiMAX plans of US carrier Sprint Nextel into further doubt, as the company continues its search for a new leader. On Thursday, the operator reported a 77 per cent drop in third quarter net income from $279m a year ago to $64m this year. Consolidated net operating revenues […]

Vonage settles with Sprint; wins breathing space

Embattled internet telephony provider Vonage won itself a bit of breathing space on Monday, announcing a settlement of its patent dispute with US cellco Sprint. The settlement is valued at $80m, including $35m for past use of licence, $40m for a fully paid future licence, and $5m in prepayment for services. In September, a Kansas […]

Sprint chief makes a break for it

Last week’s rumours about Sprint Nextel’s Gary Forsee rang true on Monday night, as the chief executive and chairman stepped down from his post. Forsee’s departure is effective immediately and comes in the wake of shareholder discord as Sprint failed to keep up with rivals Verizon Wireless and AT&T in terms of subscriber growth, following […]

Sprint seeking CEO?

Another company rumoured to be having chief executive troubles this week is WiMAX pin up Sprint Nextel. Apparently, Sprint’s board is keen to draw up a job ad for the CEO position after existing chief Gary Forsee’s failure to ramp up profitability. Since the 2005 merger of Sprint and Nextel, there has been some shareholder […]

FMC missing the point

With the initial hype around Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) fading, analysts have warned that a narrow focus on services based on Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) could distract operators from achieving market breakthroughs with alternative FMC approaches. A number of operators have already launched dual mode UMA services, such as US operators T-Mobile USA and Sprint […]

Virgin Mobile IPO underway

US MVNO, Virgin Mobile USA, aims to raise $375.6m from its forthcoming IPO, according to a statement filed Tuesday. The company, which Virgin owns as a joint venture with network provider Sprint Nextel, is expected to float 42.8 per cent in early October with shares selling for about $16 each. Virgin said it will use approximately […]

Sprint intros femtocells

The CDMA gang seem to have stolen a march on the rest of the mobile industry, with US cellco Sprint commercially launching a CDMA-based femtocell in Denver and Indianapolis recently. The Airave works with any Sprint phone and plugs into any broadband internet connection to provide enhanced in home wireless coverage plus unlimited calling by […]

Samsung gets NYC WiMAX contract

US carrier and WiMAX proponent Sprint awarded the coveted New York WiMAX contract to Samsung earlier this week. Phil Solis, principal analyst for mobile broadband at ABI Research said that it made sense for Samsung to be awarded New York, “given that this city is in the middle of a nice line up of cities […]

Google gets into WiMAX bed with Sprint

Sprint’s mobile WiMAX network gained yet more momentum on Thursday as the US carrier announced a deal with web giant Google to develop a mobile portal for the platform. Under the pact, Google will provide search, interactive communications and social networking tools as well as location assisted services. Sprint described the agreement as a milestone […]

Sprint, Clearwire champion mobile WiMAX

US carrier Sprint Nextel and wireless broadband player Clearwire joined forces on Thursday to build a nationwide WiMAX network. The idea is to foster a quicker, broader and more efficient deployment of a mobile WiMAX broadband network than either company could accomplish on its own. The companies said the WiMAX network is being designed to […]

Sprint seeking WiMAX partner?

Sprint-Nextel is reported to be seeking alternative funding for its Mobile WiMAX roll-out in the US and perhaps even considering a joint venture with fellow WiMAX proponent Clearwire. Alternatively, the Wall Street Journal reported that the carrier might consider asking cable TV operators to invest in the project, presumably in return for distribution rights over […]


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