Dish says Softbank poses national security threat

US satellite TV player has stirred controversy in its bid to acquire mobile operator Sprint by accusing rival bidder, Japanese operator Softbank, of posing a threat to US national security.

Sprint blames equipment vendors for Network Vision delays

US operator Sprint Nextel has blamed delays caused by equipment vendors for stifling the rollout of its Network Vision project, in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result, the operator said that it had been forced to revise its plans to bring 12,000 multi-mode base stations on-air by the end of 2012, pushing the deadline back to 1Q13.

US DoJ calls on FCC to limit spectrum to big players

The US Department of Justice’s (DoJ) Antitrust Division has called on telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to more aggressively regulate the amount of spectrum that the country’s larger operators are able to own.

Sprint MVNO brings LTE to pre-pay market

Customers in the US now have more options to gain access to LTE services as Sprint’s MVNO Boost Mobile brand unveils two LTE handsets available on pre-pay. The two handsets are the HTC One SV and the Boost Force, a Boost Mobile branded Android handset. Customers buy the phones outright and then are required to pre-pay a service plan that cost $55 a month and provides unlimited LTE internet access, texts and voice.

Dish serves up offer for Clearwire

US satellite player Dish Network Corporation is aiming to scupper a potential deal between national mobile operator Sprint and Wimax operator Clearwire. The firm has confirmed it has made a bid for the latter, to purchase all of the Clearwire common shares at $3.30 – which represents more than the $2.97 offered by Sprint.

Sprint to acquire rest of Clearwire for $2.2bn

US operator Sprint has confirmed that it will acquire 100 per cent of US WiMAX player Clearwire for $2.2bn. Sprint already owns a 50 percent stake in the firm and will now purchase the remaining shares for $2.97 each.

Sprint buys spectrum and customers from US Cellular

US operator Sprint has signed an agreement with rival US Cellular to acquire PCS spectrum and customers in the Midwest region of the country. Sprint will acquire 20 MHz of PCS spectrum in the 1900MHz band in various Midwest markets and 10 MHz of PCS spectrum in the St Louis market.

Softbank to acquire 70 per cent in Sprint

Japanese carrier Softbank has announced its intention to acquire a 70 per cent stake in US operator Sprint. Softbank will invest $20.1bn into Sprint; $12.1bn of which will be paid to its shareholders and $8bn will be used as new capital.

Operators perform well, Samsung in record breaking quarter, Facebook stumbles on debut

The industry’s big names are continuing to post their quarterly earnings this week, and American operators Sprint and America Movil, as well as Middle Eastern operator group Etisalat, shared somewhat encouraging results. Meanwhile, Samsung recorded its best ever profit for a quarter but Facebook had bad news in its first ever earnings statement.

AT&T follows Verizon on shared data plans

As operators in mature markets take steps to move away from low margin or loss making all-you-can-eat data pricing models,US carriers are pioneering a model that enables families to draw data for each member’s personal device from a single monthly allocation. AT&T this week became the latest carrier to introduce the play.

Sprint, LightSquared officially end spectrum agreement

US carrier Sprint has officially broken up with troubled LTE wholesale opportunist LightSquared, ending the spectrum hosting agreement signed in June 2011. As part of the break up, Sprint has repaid $65m to LightSquared, for expected costs that have not been incurred.

Operators post mixed quarterly results

With a host of businesses posting quarterly earnings results today, Telecoms.com takes a look at how operators around the world are faring. Sprint Nextel, Vodafone and Telstra all posted results for the quarter ending December 31, 2011.

Verizon has no objections to AT&T/T-Mobile merger

Leading US Carrier Verizon Wireless has no concerns over the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA, as long as it does not result in increased industry regulation. The company’s CFO Fran Shammo made the revelation to a Morgan Stanley conference in Spain last week,

Sprint confirms move to LTE

US carrier Sprint has announced plans to begin offering LTE services on its 1900MHz spectrum by mid-2012. The company said it will cover more than 250 million people across the US when the network build-out is completed, which is expected by the end of 2013.

E-Health Case Study: Sprint

US operator Sprint Nextel offers a range of wireless services designed specifically for the healthcare field as part of a growing portfolio of enterprise services across a number of sectors. Targeting health enterprises such as hospitals, it offers customised services and, through established partnerships with software vendors, offers healthcare-specific applications for use both within organisations and in the field.

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