& cplSiteName &

Sprint CEO Calls Pivot Progress Disappointing

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
8/9/2007
50%
50%

Although execs are trying to say all the right things, it's impossible not see that tension is building on the girders holding up the Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) "Pivot" mobile phone partnership with Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), Cox Communications Inc. , and Bright House Networks .

More stress was applied Wednesday when Sprint chairman and CEO Gary Forsee addressed the status of the JV during the company's second-quarter earning's call. (See Sprint's Profit Dive.)

He called the pace of Pivot rollouts a "disappointment," citing the time required to weave the service into the cable fabric, including the call centers and the points of sale. He lamented there is no "one-size-fits all approach" to deploying the service, noting the needs in Comcast's Boston market may be different than those of Time Warner systems.

"It took us longer… because we spent time on the back office, to get that right, before we took it into the marketplace. At this stage, there's still some system work to be done to speed up that activation." he said, responding to an analyst's question.

Forsee said the Pivot partners have introduced the service in 20 markets, and he expects to at least double that number by year's end. Sprint and its cable partners have yet to disclose Pivot subscriber figures. However, Sprint did note that its cable VOIP interconnection service served about 2 million customers at quarter's end, up 75 percent year-over-year.

Despite any disappointment in terms of deployment pace, "I think Sprint and the four cable companies… are committed to make [Pivot] work, obviously to see the customer receptivity to having a converged device as part of the bundle," he said.

Although Forsee is painting a picture that all remains well with the JV, any public frustration appears significant after Sprint decided to pull the plug on its participation in the SpectrumCo bidding consortium with cable. (See Sprint to Exit SpectrumCo Venture .)

Forsee reiterated that Sprint's decision to exit that advanced wireless spectrum (AWS) venture, where it held only a 5 percent, non-voting stake, had no bearing on the Pivot effort.

"This event has no impact on our JV and was fully anticipated by our partners," he insisted.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Featured Video
From The Founder
The 'gleaming city on a hill,' Steve Saunders calls it. But who is going to take us from today's NFV componentry to the grand future of a self-driving network? Here's a look at the vendors hoping to make it happen.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
September 28, 2017, Denver, CO
October 18, 2017, Colorado Convention Center - Denver, CO
November 1, 2017, The Royal Garden Hotel
November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue, London, UK
November 2, 2017, 8 Northumberland Avenue – London
November 10, 2017, The Westin Times Square, New York, NY
November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
Could 5G Have Found Its Glass Ceiling?
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 9/20/2017
1 Million Pirate Set-Top Boxes Sold in the UK
Aditya Kishore, Practice Leader, Video Transformation, Telco Transformation, 9/20/2017
Comcast Shuts Down OTT Again
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 9/19/2017
Why Amazon May Be Cable's Biggest Threat
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 9/22/2017
Photo Highlights: Operations Transformation Forum 2017
Ray Le Maistre, International Group Editor, 9/17/2017
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.

During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.

She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed