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 […]

Beceem steps up CDMA/WiMAX dongle efforts

Beceem, a US-based WiMAX device chipset supplier, has entered into a formal partnership with Franklin Wireless to continue development of their 3G CDMA/4G USB modem product (the U300). The U300 was first made available by Sprint Nextel last month, which can be used on both the US mobile operator’s EV-DO network and the mobile WiMAX […]

Sprint unveils dual mode 3G/4G device

US-based mobile WiMAX pioneer Sprint Nextel this week unveiled its first 3G/4G dual mode device, to be made available December 21. The USB Modem U300, or dongle, connects to Sprint’s ‘Now’ branded mobile WiMAX network as well as the carrier’s existing 3G EV-DO network. The dongle is manufactured by Franklin Wireless and is priced at […]

Warrantless wiretapping case kicks off in US

On Tuesday afternoon the Bush administration will go to federal court to defend a law allowing retrospective immunity to communications operators alleged to have spied on their customers and passed information to national security services without a warrant. The country’s largest operators, Verizon, Sprint and AT&T have all been hit with lawsuits following the exposure […]

Clearwire polishes up WiMAX brand

As US operators Sprint Nextel and Clearwire complete the merger of their next generation wireless internet businesses, the mobile WiMAX pin up known as “the new Clearwire” has unveiled its service brand – “Clear”. Late Monday, Clearwire said that in the coming moths, the Clear brand will replace the Xohm service name previously used by […]

Clearwire approves WiMAX deal, shares plummet

  As expected, Clearwire shareholders on Thursday approved the ‘new’ Clearwire joint venture. Comprising Sprint Nextel (51 per cent) and Clearwire (27 per cent) – with the remaining equity held by Intel, Google, TimeWarner Cable, Comcast and Bright House Networks – the new company has ambitious plans to roll out mobile WIMAX across the US. […]

IPCS backs down over Clearwire JV – for now

IPCS has withdrawn its request for a temporary injunction against the proposed New Clearwire joint venture, comprising Sprint Nextel’s WiMAX business unit (Xohm) and Clearwire. Shareholders of Clearwire and Sprint Nextel are due to vote on the deal Thursday but IPCS, an affiliate of Sprint, thought this would be premature since it is starting court […]

Sprint posts bruising third quarter

Sprint Nextel, the third largest mobile operator in the US, is losing more customers and more money than most analysts expected. During 3Q 2008, Sprint’s subscriber base shrank by 1.3 million, of which 1.1 million were post-paid subscribers closing their accounts. According to five analysts surveyed by Reuters, the average expected post-paid subscriber loss for […]

FCC approves New Clearwire, IPCS objects

The FCC has given the go-ahead to the New Clearwire Corporation joint venture, which has plans to roll out mobile WiMAX across the US. Comprising Sprint Nextel (51 percent) and Clearwire (27 percent) – with the remaining equity held by Intel, Google, TimeWarner Cable, Comcast and Bright House Networks – AT&T had objected to the […]

Sprint commits to iDEN, Moto rejoices

US mobile operator and WiMAX pioneer, Sprint, said it intends to rejuvenate its ageing iDEN network after failing to find a buyer for the unit. The carrier, which acquired the iDEN network along with Nextel in 2005, said it has extended its long term partnership with Motorola, the creator of the proprietary push to talk […]

Sprint finds buyer for iDEN unit?

US operator Sprint Nextel is understood to have received significant interest in its iDEN push to talk operation originally set up by Nextel. Sprint bought up Nextel for around $36bn in 2005, giving it a solid enterprise customer base. But the flagging operator has been haemorrhaging subscribers of late and more recently shifted its evolution […]

iDEN suitors in the frame, says Sprint Nextel CEO

Dan Hesse, Sprint Nextel CEO, says there is “significant interest” in Nextel from potential buyers. Nextel, which runs the push-to-talk iDEN network – a proprietary technology from Motorola – was purchased by Sprint in 2005. Speaking at the launch of WiMAX-embedded laptops for Xohm, the WiMAX business unit of Sprint, Hesse added that the harsh economic […]

Sprint unveils WiMAX-embedded laptops for Xohm

At a press event in Baltimore, a city where Sprint’s mobile WiMAX service is already up and running, the third-largest US mobile operator has unveiled its first batch of WiMAX-enabled notebooks. The notebook manufacturers are Toshiba, Asus, Acer and Lenovo; a total of eight models are available initially and four more are expected before the […]

Mobile WiMAX lands: Xohm out of the gates in Baltimore

Barry West, president of Xohm, the mobile WIMAX business unit of Sprint, has been as good as his word. After missing the original Xohm commercial launch deadline in April 2008, West subsequently pledged that the service would launch during September in the east coast city of Baltimore. And so it has with just a day […]

Femtos held back by standards hurdles

There is still a frenzy of activity taking place in the femtocell space, and a lot of debate too. Research released this week suggests that femto technology may carve itself a niche in the long term, but in the short term, analysts remain sceptical. Japanese operator Softbank recently came forward to claim first mover advantage […]

Sprint names location partners for Xohm

With only weeks to go before Xohm goes live in Baltimore, US, Sprint has announced a string of partners that will provide location-based and personalised services over the mobile WiMAX network. “The Xohm mobile broadband experience will be largely location-centric,” explains Rick Robinson, vice president of Xohm services. “We’re creating a new dimension to online […]

Sprint cans $3bn bonds offer

US operator Sprint pulled a $3bn offering of convertible bonds late Thursday, just one day after rattling the market with its intention. In an announcement, Sprint said it had, “Decided to cancel the offering because the terms being offered were not economically attractive due to unfavourable market conditions.” The news proved popular with investors, which […]

Sprint continues to lose subs

WiMAX pin-up Sprint Nextel reported a loss for the quarter to end June 30, as the operator’s woes endured and customers continued to jump ship. The loss came in at $344m, compared to a profit of $19m in the same period last year, as the operator’s wireless subscriber base shrank by 2.1 million since the […]

AT&T tries to rain on Clearwire’s parade

Leading US wireless operator AT&T is seeking to put a crimp in Sprint-Nextel and Clearwire’s plans to merge assets and form a nationwide WiMAX network. Late last week the carrier filed a petition with US communications regulator the FCC, requesting that the authority refuse the merger. In June, the new Clearwire, which is to be […]


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