Light Reading
Rural carriers can use Sprint's LTE network, and Sprint will fund deployments if the carriers can't afford to do it on their own, Sprint's new boss says.

Rural Carriers: SoftBank Will Fund Your LTE

Sarah Reedy
3/27/2014
50%
50%

SAN ANTONIO -- CCA Global Expo -- SoftBank's Chairman and CEO, Masayoshi Son, is not only offering Sprint's network for rural LTE deployments. He's also offering to fund deployments for the smaller carriers.

Doesn't Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) have a negative cashflow, you might be thinking? Yes, it does, Son acknowledges, but SoftBank Corp. certainly doesn't, and it's willing to use its money to ensure LTE gets built in rural America.

"Rural areas, we are not building out ourselves, we are not servicing ourselves, so it is a quicker and better complementary situation if we help them deploy their LTE and we collaborate with each other," Son told reporters here Thursday. "That way, we have a better partnership to fight back."

SoftBank, with Sprint, spearheaded a partnership with the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and NetAmerica Alliance LLC to form roaming relationships with rural carriers and give them access to Sprint's LTE network. But Son is willing to take it a step further by providing them capital and maybe even showing up with a hard hat at their network builds. (See Sprint Joins Forces With Rural America on LTE.)

"If you need LTE equipment, capex, we'll strongly support you financially and systemically," Son promised.

He's doing so because he says the CCA members providing local access in rural areas are being challenged by the duopoly of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless , and customers need more choice in devices. He's trying to convince regulators he's serving the US public interest. However, he could also be hurting his case, given that he's now 100 rural carriers strong in fighting the duopoly. (See Son: Dish Could Be Sprint's Great Ally.)

"We would like to have a partnership with rural carriers, and we don't overlap," Son said. "But we need even deeper scale to fight back. Otherwise, if you are cornered and fighting alone by yourself, it's not enough power to fight back."

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

(11)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
MarkC73
50%
50%
MarkC73,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/31/2014 | 3:12:44 AM
Re: Son of "The Godfather"
Well someone who buys Sprint has got to be outside of the norm.  Any Details on how these partnerships will work?  Shared Funding or long term access contracts?
SarahReedy
50%
50%
SarahReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
3/28/2014 | 10:20:36 AM
Re: Son of "The Godfather"
Just think if Legere ends up working for Son, it could be a powerful combination of business acumen and an outgoing/obnoxious marketing machine.
Bill Van
50%
50%
Bill Van,
User Rank: Lightning
3/27/2014 | 10:28:49 PM
Re: Son of "The Godfather"
Hey Sarah, Softbank's Son is looking more and more every day like  Al Gore's  "Darth Vader's"  cable pioneer John Malone.  Son is also looking like being as disruptive in the mobile industry as T- Mobile's John Legere.  
Mitch Wagner
50%
50%
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
3/27/2014 | 6:03:10 PM
Regulating
First Comcast is funding Internet for low-income users, and now this. I like seeing service providers kiss up to regulators!
Liz Greenberg
50%
50%
Liz Greenberg,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/27/2014 | 5:55:44 PM
Re: SoftBank Corp. certainly doesn't, and it's willing to use its money to ensure LTE gets built in rural America.
It was probably started before their keynotes, negotiated in between and sealed after!  It is a great idea if it works.  The big 2 could use more competition so maybe this will work.
SarahReedy
50%
50%
SarahReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
3/27/2014 | 5:16:50 PM
Re: Son of "The Godfather"
I agree, Ritch, but I think it could backfire, especially if T-Mobile joins too.
SarahReedy
50%
50%
SarahReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
3/27/2014 | 4:54:16 PM
Re: SoftBank Corp. certainly doesn't, and it's willing to use its money to ensure LTE gets built in rural America.
Interesting! I wonder if they forged the deal in between their keynotes this morning...
Bill Van
50%
50%
Bill Van,
User Rank: Lightning
3/27/2014 | 4:36:41 PM
SoftBank Corp. certainly doesn't, and it's willing to use its money to ensure LTE gets built in rural America.
I guess this is why Son sold his eAccess company to Yahoo Japan today. Yes to fund this rural buildout. lol

 
RitchBlasi
50%
50%
RitchBlasi,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/27/2014 | 3:48:11 PM
Son of "The Godfather"
I can hear Vito Corleone now, "if I do this favor for you I might need to ask for your help in the future."  Pretty smart to me - "hey FCC, you're worried about rural broadband services?  I'll bypass that wired stuff and make it mobile.  And all you have to do is approve a few mergers for me."
mendyk
50%
50%
mendyk,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/27/2014 | 3:25:03 PM
Re: Put Son to work
Why is this starting to feel like a 21st-century remake of Green Acres?
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Custom TV
Advantech Accelerates 100G Traffic Handling

10|17|14   |   7:56   |   (0) comments


Paul Stevens from Advantech explains why handling 100GbE needs a whole new platform design approach and how Advantech is addressing the needs of equipment providers and carriers to give them the flexibility and performance they will need for SDN and NFV deployment.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Holland's Imtech Traffic & Infra Discusses Huawei's ICT Solution and Services

10|16|14   |   4:49   |   (0) comments


Dimitry Theebe is from the business unit at Imtech Traffic & Infra which delivers communications solutions for transportations. His partnershp with Huawei began about a years ago. In this video, Theebe speaks more about this partnership and what he hopes to accomplish with Huawei.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Comprehensive Storage Solutions Vital for SVR

10|16|14   |   6:16   |   (0) comments


SVR Information Technology provides cloud services for academic and special sectors. With Huawei's support, SVR and Yildiz Technical University has established Turkey's largest and most advanced High Performance Computing system. CSO Ismail Cem Aslan talks about what he hopes Huawei's OceanStor storage system will bring for him.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Mexico's Servitron's Impression of Huawei at CCW 2014

10|16|14   |   6:35   |   (0) comments


Servitron is a network operator in Mexico that has been in the trunking industry for the past 20 years. Its COO, Ing. Ragnar Trillo O., explains at Critical Communications World 2014 that his company has been interested in the long-term evolution of LTE technology and its adoption for TETRA.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Building a Better Dubai

10|16|14   |   2:06   |   (0) comments


Abdulla Ahmed Al Falasi is the director of commercial affairs, a telecommunications coordinator for the government of Dubai. Their areas of service span across multiple industries, including police, safety, shopping malls and more. In this video, Abdulla talks about his department's work with Huawei.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Lights Up Malaysia Partner Maju Nusa

10|16|14   |   1:59   |   (0) comments


Malaysia's Maju Nusa is an enterprise partner to Huawei in networking, route switches and telco equipment. At this year's Critical Communications World in Singapore, CTO Pushpender Singh talks about what Huawei's eLTE solutions mean to his company and for Malaysia.
LRTV Custom TV
Evolving From HFC to FTTH Networks

10|15|14   |   2:19   |   (0) comments


Cisco's Todd McCrum delves into the future of cable's HFC plant, examining how DOCSIS 3.1 and advanced video compression will extend its life and how the IP video transition will usher in GPON and EPON over FTTH.
LRTV Custom TV
Exploring the Future of Cable Access

10|15|14   |   6:23   |   (0) comments


Cisco's Brett Wingo looks at where cable access architectures are heading, discussing the impact of DOCSIS 3.1, CCAP, Remote PHY, SDN, virtualization of cable networks and related technologies.
LRTV Custom TV
Optimizing & Monetizing WiFi

10|15|14   |   5:53   |   (0) comments


Cisco's Vince Pandolfi outlines the reasons for cable WiFi's rapid growth, lays out the issues with the technology and explains the new Cisco tools that can help operators monitor and improve their WiFi delivery.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Emulex & Huawei Collaboration Mutually Beneficial

10|14|14   |   4:17   |   (0) comments


US company Emulex collaborates with Huawei in areas such as blade servers and workload documentation. Mike Heumann of Emulex believes that Huawei has done incredibly well moving from a telecom company into servers and networks, working closely with customers to realize their needs.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Chile's VZION Looks Forward to Seeing More of Huawei

10|14|14   |   4:43   |   (0) comments


VZION is a systems integrator company in Chile with a focus on virtulization technology. In this video, Cesar Alcacibar talks about the challenges in virtualization and how Huawei helps his company to achieve the best results possible. Alcacibar is expecting more adoption and integration of Huawei technologies in Chile.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Pro-Datech & Huawei for a High-Tech Singapore

10|14|14   |   2:59   |   (0) comments


Pro-Datech Systems is a specialty IT solution provider based in Singapore. For an added value to its customers, the company uses Huawei's hardware and trusted performance and features for a total solution. It's looking forward to the creation of a lab, to be based in Singapore, for the two companies' coorporation on total storage solution.
Upcoming Live Events
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
WhoIsHostingThis.com presents six of the world's most extreme WiFi hotspots, enabling the most epic selfies you can imagine.
Hot Topics
Forget the Internet, Brace for Skynet
Stephen Saunders, 10/15/2014
HBO Will Go OTT in 2015
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 10/15/2014
Google: Carriers & Cloud Providers Need to Cooperate
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 10/16/2014
CBS Takes OTT Plunge
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 10/16/2014
Could Data Be the New 'Currency'?
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 10/16/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed