Light Reading
Sprint's network SVP says that up to 6,000 employees and support staff are now working on the operator's 3G and 4G upgrade nationwide

Sprint's Bid to Take On 4G 'Duopolists'

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
3/29/2012
50%
50%

Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S)'s network guru laid out more details on how the third-ranked U.S. wireless carrier will take on its larger rivals with 4G upgrades through 2014 at the Rural Cellular Association in Orlando Thursday morning.

Sprint has so far said that it will have six 4G markets up by mid-year, far less than either AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) or Verizon Wireless . "The duopolists are out there deploying their LTE networks, and we're working really hard to compete with them," Bob Azzi, Sprint's SVP of network, said in his opening keynote, streamed live by RCR Wireless.

Sprint is sticking to its estimate that the upgrades will be in place across the majority of its network by the end of 2013. Azzi said that between 5,000 and 6,000 employees from Sprint and its network providers -- Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Samsung Corp. -- are currently out in the field working on the "Network Vision" deployment.

The upgrade brings CDMA, LTE and WiMax and push-to-talk walkie-talkie-type service under one roof for Sprint, allowing it to shrink both the size of its base stations and the number of cell sites it requires by around 30,000 over time.

Azzi laid out a timeline between 2012 and 2014 for the upgrades: Right now the initial deployment is happening, next up will be capacity upgrades, followed by picocells, voice services over 4G and LTE on Sprint's 800MHz band in 2014.

Sprint's initial LTE deployment is happening on a 5-by-5 channel on its 1900MHz spectrum. Sprint eventually hopes to move customers off its 800MHz iDEN in order to use it for LTE, pending Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval.

"The data portion of that comes in 2014," Azzi commented.

Finally, Sprint will use Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR)'s 2.5GHz spectrum for LTE capacity in high-traffic cities. "We can offload at our most busy sites onto the Clearwire network as we need it," Azzi said.

All of this work will require money: As Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer made clear this week, the operator is looking for up to $3 billion in vendor financing from three unnamed companies this quarter.

For more



— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Flash Poll
LRTV Custom TV
A New Security Paradigm in SDN/NFV

7|28|14   |   02:54   |   (0) comments


Paul Shaneck, Global Director Network Solutions for Symantec, discusses the evolving virtualized network, explaining how Symantec is leading the security discussion as it relates to SDN and NFV, and helping to ensure the network is protected and compliant.
LRTV Documentaries
Sprint's Network Evolution

7|24|14   |   14:59   |   (0) comments


Sprint's Jay Bluhm gives a keynote speech at the Big Telecom Event (BTE) about Sprint's network and services evolution strategy, including Spark.
LRTV Documentaries
BTE Keynote: The Software-Defined Operator

7|24|14   |   18:43   |   (1) comment


Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg explains the concept of the software-defined operator to the Big Telecom Event (BTE) crowd.
Light Reedy
Numbers Are In: LR's 2014 Salary Survey

7|24|14   |   1:25   |   (7) comments


Our fourth annual Salary Survey paints a picture of who's hiring, firing, earning, and yearning for a change in the telecom industry.
LRTV Custom TV
Driving the Network Transformation

7|23|14   |   4:29   |   (0) comments


Intel's Sandra Rivera discusses network transformation and how Intel technologies, programs, and standards body efforts have helped the industry migration to SDN and NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
Distributed NFV-Based Business Services by RAD

7|18|14   |   5:38   |   (0) comments


With the ETSI-approved Distributed NFV PoC running in the background, RAD's CEO, Dror Bin, talks about why D-NFV makes compelling sense for service providers, and about the dollars and cents RAD is putting behind D-NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
MRV Accelerating Packet Optical Convergence

7|15|14   |   6:06   |   (0) comments


Giving you network insight to make your network smarter.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV-Enabled Ethernet for Generating New Revenues

7|15|14   |   5:49   |   (0) comments


Cyan's Planet Orchestrate allows service providers and their end-customers to activate software-based capabilities such as firewalls and encryption on top of existing Ethernet services in just minutes.
LRTV Custom TV
Symkloud NVF-Ready Video Transcoding, Big Data

7|9|14   |   3:41   |   (0) comments


Kontron and ISV partner Vantrix demonstrate high-performance video transcoding and data analytic solutions on same 2U standard platform that is ready for SDN and NFV deployments made by mobile, cable and cloud operators.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Evolving Role of Hybrid Video for Competitive Success

7|4|14   |   4:09   |   (0) comments


At Huawei's Global Analysts Summit in Shenzhen, China, Steven C. Hawley from TV Strategies speaks to us about the evolving role of hybrid video for competitive success.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How CSPs Leverage Big Data in the Digital Economy

7|4|14   |   4:48   |   (2) comments


Justin van der Lande from Analysys Mason shares with us his views on how telecom operators can leverage customer asset monetization with big data. His discusses the current status of big data applications and the challenges and opportunities for telecom operators in the digital economy era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Accelerator for Digital Business Future Oriented BSS

7|4|14   |   3:08   |   (0) comments


Mobile and internet are becoming intertwined; IT and CT are integrating; and leading CSPs have begun to transform to information service and entertainment providers. How should the BSS system evolve to enable this transformation? Karl Whitelock, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan, shares his views.
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Packet Design asks network professionals how they handle the cloud, SDN, and network management.
Today's Cartoon
Vacation Special Caption Competition Click Here
Latest Comment
Hot Topics
Cisco Puts a Fog Over IoT
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/23/2014
Apple Earnings: Strong iPhone Sales, iPad Sales Slump, $7.8B Profit
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/22/2014
Salary Survey Report 2014
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/23/2014
Facebook: 30% of Users Are Mobile-Only
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/24/2014
U-verse Growth Slips But Still Strong
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 7/24/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed