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Sprint officially opposes creation of a “New Ma Bell duopoly”

America’s third-placed carrier Sprint has released a statement officially opposing the proposed $39bn merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. Senior vice president for Sprint’s Government Affairs division, Vonya McCann, said that “Sprint urges the United States government to block this anti-competitive acquisition,” adding that the transaction would “harm consumers and competition at a time when this country can least afford it.”

AT&T to acquire T-Mobile USA

Years of speculation regarding T-Mobile USA’s future ended yesterday with the surprise announcement that AT&T is to buy the embattled telco for $39bn. Rumours regarding the possible sale of T-Mobile USA have been circulating for years but almost always worked on the assumption that the telco would unite with a smaller operator, such as Sprint or, more recently, Clearwire.

Morrow walks away from Clearwire

Bill Morrow, CEO of embattled US WiMAX player Clearwire, has resigned his position effective immediately, citing personal reasons. Chairman John Stanton will fill in as interim CEO while the firm searches for Morrow’s full-time replacement. Morrow will act as an advisor to the company during the handover.

Sprint unveils 4G netbook

US operator Sprint has unveiled what it claims is the world’s first 3G/4G (CDMA/WiMAX) embedded netbook to spur adoption of its WiMAX network.

Sprint extends WiMAX reach; considers LTE

US carrier Sprint this week launched WiMAX in a handful of new metropolitan areas amid speculation that the firm is also considering an LTE strategy that could pave the way to a merger with T-Mobile USA.

HTC WiMAX handset breaks sales record in US

4G is taking off big time among US consumers, according to Sprint Nextel, which this week trumpeted the launch of its first WiMAX-enabled handset, the HTC Evo 4G.

Nexus One will not be available on Verizon

Google has announced on a blog posting that a version of its Nexus One handset that is compatible with US carrier Verizon’s CDMA network will now not be made available. When the handset was launched in January this year, Google said that it would be partnering with Verizon to distribute the phone “in the future”. The announcement raises questions over Google’s commitment to a CDMA-based version of the Nexus One.

Sprint: “Put us down for the Nexus One too”

Not to be outdone by the announcement that North American operators AT&T and Rogers (and Bell and Telus) will be getting the Google-branded Nexus One, US carrier Sprint has revealed similar plans.

Sprint signs four new MVNOs

Could the vim be coming back to the US MVNO market? Sprint’s on a roll at the moment having singed four virtual network operator contracts in the six months since it launched a turnkey MVNO package.

Sprint switches into Overdrive

There seems to be a growing interest in mobile broadband hotspots, in the operator community at least, which may seem a little strange given the recent noise about femtocells and moving traffic off the macro network.

Ericsson’s third quarter profits drop 74 per cent

Swedish infrastructure and equipment vendor Ericsson took a beating during the third quarter of 2009, watching its net income dive 74 per cent year on year, dragged down by poor demand and further hits from its joint ventures.

Sprint Nextel loss widens in second quarter

It looks like US carrier Sprint Nextel delivered the good news first – announcing the acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA earlier in the week. Because the bad news followed on Wednesday, when Sprint recorded a net loss for the second quarter which increased 12 per cent year on year to $384m from $344m in the same period last year.

Palm Pre to land June 6

The Palm Pre, the secret weapon of US carrier Sprint Nextel and struggling handset vendor Palm is set to hit shelves on June 6.

Browned off

Sprint Nextel, the third largest mobile operator in the US, is finding life much tougher than its Brown Telephone Company antecedent.

3G a let-down in the US

The four major 3G operators in the US are failing to deliver the speeds that customers expect. These not altogether surprising findings come from analyst firm Gartner, which says that while most 3G providers in the US typically market speeds as high as 1.8Mbps, the actual speeds are generally between 300Kbps and 700bps. That is […]

Sprint Nextel axes 8,000 jobs

Sprint Nextel, the beleaguered number three mobile operator in the US, is cutting 8,000 jobs, or around 14 per cent of the company’s workforce. Sprint aims to save $1.2bn a year by reducing its labour costs, although it will take a charge of $300m during 1Q 2009 for severance and related expenses associated with the […]

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