Sprint's LTE Position

2:15 PM Official word from one of LTE Summit's volcanic ash victims

Michelle Donegan, Contributing Editor, Light Reading

May 19, 2010

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Sprint's LTE Position

2:15 PM -- AMSTERDAM -- LTE World Summit -- Sprint revealed at the Long Term Evolution (LTE) event here in Amsterdam that it is evaluating equipment suppliers for a major technology evolution of its CDMA network in the US and indicated that it was open to LTE. (See Sprint RFP May Include LTE .)

But Sprint has not specified exactly which technology it will evolve to.

To find out more about the operator's next-gen wireless plan, Light Reading Mobile tracked down Mathew Oommen, Sprint's VP of device and technology development, and one of the LTE event's volcanic ash victims whose flight could not make it here to Amsterdam. Oommen was scheduled to keynote this morning's LTE sessions. (See LTE Action in Amsterdam .)

Oommen did not spell out Sprint's next-gen mobile technology choice [ed. note: as in, L-T-E, for example] but said it would be a "multi-technology platform that will maintain the lowest cost per bit."

"We want to future proof our network," he said. "We want to leverage all the assets we have in such a way that offers us the lowest cost per bit... It's important to address the cost per bit in a data explosion market."

He added that it's important to "not be prescriptive to a particular technology."

So, Sprint's priorities in this next-gen wireless selection are getting the best cost structure for its network and the most flexibility for its customers.

As for which technology actually meets those requirements, well, Sprint isn't saying.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Michelle Donegan

Contributing Editor, Light Reading

Michelle Donegan is an independent technology writer who has covered the communications industry on both sides of the Pond for the past twenty years.

Her career began in Chicago in 1993 when Telephony magazine launched an international title, aptly named Global Telephony. Since then, she has upped sticks (as they say) to the UK and has written for various publications, including Communications Week International, Total Telecom, Light Reading, Telecom Titans and more.

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