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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 […]

Sprint pilots unlimited tariffs

US operator Sprint Nextel is trialling all you can eat voice and data tariffs in the San Francisco area, it emerged on Tuesday. The first tariff includes unlimited voice calling, messaging and mobile web access for $120 per month. Add another $30, taking the monthly fee to $150, and you get the same options plus […]

5,000 jobs to go at Sprint

US operator Sprint Nextel said this week it would cut 5,000 jobs, with many to be slashed within the next few months. The operator has show signs of struggling since its merger with iDEN operator Nextel. The operator anticipates consolidated operating revenues of $41bn for full year 2006, which means revenue outlook for 2007 is […]

Sprint adds Nokia to WiMAX party

Sprint Nextel on Friday announced that it has picked Nokia as a “key infrastructure and consumer electronic device provider” for its 4G WiMAX mobility network. The advanced network will, according to Sprint, be designed to allow users to experience high bandwidth mobile internet connectivity at access speeds significantly higher than today’s wireless networks. Nokia joins […]

Sprint launches Revision A in US

US operator Sprint launched its EV-DO Revision A mobile broadband network in San Diego on Tuesday with an eye to launching in 20 additional markets before year end. With the upgraded mobile broadband network, users of the Sprint Power Vision Network in San Diego will ultimately be able to utilise richer applications and services such […]

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