Heavy Reading analyst Berge Ayvazian is at the Sprint Industry Analyst Conference being held Tuesday at the operator's Overland Park, Kan., headquarters. "Sprint CEO Dan Hesse made it clear that he would not be announcing a deal signed with LightSquared ... today," Ayvazian writes on the LR Mobile message board. (See LightSquared Reportedly Seals Sprint Deal .)
Even though Philip Falcone disclosed this 15-year agreement in a letter to his investors, Dan [Hesse] was not ready to make this announcement without being able [to] detail Sprint’s plans for deploying LTE services using its own spectrum and the future of Clearwire 4G on the new Sprint Network Vision platform. Look for the Sprint announcement closer to when it reports its [second-quarter] earnings results.
Sprint has said that it wants to keep to its timetable for 4G announcements. LightSquared, meanwhile, just has to keep stonewalling with the ol' "no comment" routine. (See LightSquared Offers GPS Olive Branch.) It could be a long, hot and frustrating summer for all concerned.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile