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Sprint Must Spend Big to Go Big With 4G

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
3/30/2012

It became clear this week that Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) will be spending big to support the 4G upgrades to its network this year as initial Long Term Evolution (LTE) devices could arrive soon.

Capex and vendor cash
Analysts at Jefferies & Co. Inc. are predicting that the third-ranked U.S. carrier could double its capital expenditure over 2011 with a $6 billion spend to support its "Network Vision" upgrades.

Some of that cash could come from infrastructure suppliers, as Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer said Tuesday at the Barclays Capital High Yield Bond And Syndicated Loan Conference that the company is looking to close between $1 billion and $3 billion in vendor financing from three companies this quarter. Sprint just happens to have three infrastructure suppliers for Network Vision: Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Samsung.



Early 4G devices
CFO Euteneuer hinted at that some Android devices will be coming to Sprint's LTE network. He didn't say that High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) would be among the vendors launching devices, he did acknowledge that Sprint and HTC have an event coming up. The CFO also hinted at the possibility of an LTE iPhone for Sprint in the fall.



Where's the footprint?
Sprint's Euteneuer said that many more LTE markets will follow the initial six planned for mid-year. SVP of Networks Bob Azzi, backed this up on Thursday saying that the company has up to 6,000 employees and support staff working on 3G and 4G upgrades right now. The LTE markets are expected to cover up to 120 million Americans by the end of this year.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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^Eagle^
^Eagle^
12/5/2012 | 5:37:26 PM
re: Sprint Must Spend Big to Go Big With 4G


Dan,


 


I think you meant to say 120 million americans.  not 120.


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gtchavan
gtchavan
12/5/2012 | 5:37:26 PM
re: Sprint Must Spend Big to Go Big With 4G


We all know 4G has turned out to a marketing term for anything over 1.5meg bandwidth, lets not give these Telco's a pass by calling the next generation of data servcies as 4G,   It is LTE that only maters and Ipads beautifully display it on top of the screen when you are roaming in LTE country and when you dont' see LTE up there it is bad news.

joset01
joset01
12/5/2012 | 5:37:23 PM
re: Sprint Must Spend Big to Go Big With 4G


Chuck


 


I'm not sure that the average user knows what 4G is, let alone LTE, I'm trying to use as few accronyms as humanly possible.

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