It’s no secret that Sprint is the distant 3rd to thriving carriers Verizon and AT&T. It’s also been publicly speculated that Sprint could merge with T-Mobile yet these only remain rumors at this time. For all their shortcomings in 2013, Sprint expects to make 2014 a landmark year.
Some of the main reasons for optimism are acquisitions and the completion of projects. The focal point for Sprint will be improving their LTE capabilities. The Network Vision LTE network upgrade will provide LTE service availability to 250 million while upgrading its CDMA network.
In addition, Sprint made an acquisition of Clearwire back in July that will finally demonstrate its benefits. They are working to build out TD-LTE technology on Clearwire’s 2.5 GHz spectrum licenses to increase network speeds. Once this key part is fulfilled, the technology Sprint has fondly referred to as the “Spark” can be unveiled. This tri-mode combination of LTE on Sprint’s 800 MHz, 1900 MHz and 2.5 GHz licenses will provide real-time speeds of 12-15 mbps. The roll out of the service will be available to a minimum of 100 million customers.
“The value of those three (800 MHz, 1900 MHz and 2.5 GHz) is greater than the sum of the parts,” said CEO Stephen Bye.
A major problem that plagued Sprint last year was the delay to the Network Vision LTE upgrade. This not only caused them to play catch up all year but also negatively impacted current subscriber’s service. This could play a crucial role for the success for Sprint, not only in 2014 but their long-term future. There is certainly a desire to turn the page from a 2013 that was a building block more than anything else.
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