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Sprint Spend Slowing Ahead of Next Network Push – Analysts

Sprint slows spending but is expected to ramp up again later in the year.

Dan Jones

July 7, 2015

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Sprint Spend Slowing Ahead of Next Network Push – Analysts

Analysts at Jefferies say that Sprint is slowing its network spend but will that will likely increase again later in the year as the operator starts its next major update.

SoftBank Corp. has approved Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S)'s "Next Generation Network" plan, and analysts at Jefferies & Co. Inc. said in a research note Monday that the spend is expected to ramp up again later this year and into 2016.

For more on the 4G evolution, visit the dedicated 4G/LTE content section
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The plan is heavily reliant on small cells to increase the coverage and density of Sprint's network. The operator hasn't yet revealed what vendors it plans to tap for new network equipment. (See Sprint CEO Claims Next-Gen Network Will Be #1.)

This latest attempt by Sprint to revamp its network will take place without the CTO who oversaw its previous "Network Vision" 3G and 4G upgrades. It emerged last month that Stephen Bye is leaving Sprint. (See Sprint CTO Goes Bye-Bye .)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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