Here's the formula for valuing Spectrum, it's pretty simple really. Paired Spectrum is more valuable than unpaired. The key entry is "Value per MHz Pop"...the AWS-3 auction Spectrum went at average $2.71 per MHz Pop......the argument for a higher 2.5GHz valuation is that with carrier aggregation 2.5GHz acts like mid-band (AWS-3), and 2.5GHz can now be paired....
Bloomberg: "The AWS-3 auction yielded an average price of $2.71 per MHz-Pop (However, that average includes unpaired spectrum, commanding as little as $0.51 per MHz-Pop and paired spectrum in the most competitive markets reaching $2.92 per MHz-Pop)"
Spectrum Value Calculation:
Total Value = pops x MHz of Spectrum x Value per MHz Pop
Total Value = 250 Million x 130 MHz x 2.71
Total Value = 88.075 Billion dollars
1/8/15 - "When you look at the tremendous spectrum depth we have on 2.5, we say there could be tremendous value here," Claure said.
5/2/15 Bloomberg Business - “Sprint has a lot of spectrum compared to other companies. In 2.5 gigahertz, it has the biggest bandwidth in the world,” Son said in a phone interview from Tokyo Thursday. “All the new iPhone 6 and other major handsets have 2.5 gigahertz, so suddenly, what was undervalued in people’s view has become very precious.”
5/2/15 - "While Sprint was the only major wireless provider to sit out a record $41.3 billion U.S. airwaves auction, the high demand may have boosted the value of Sprint’s 2.5 gigahertz spectrum to anywhere from $86 billion to $115 billion, according to estimates from Bloomberg Intelligence. That far exceeds Sprint’s entire enterprise value of $48 billion."
one can also listen to every CC and public appearance by the CEO and CFO...almost invariably they have been asked about issues on Spectrum ...and pairing has come up a few times...Charlie Ergen has also talked about this quite a bit......it puts in in better context......
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you just can't see it amidst the noise and myriad other occurrences, pronouncements, and general hub bub....but little by little pieces of information come to view and perhaps one begins to connect the dots and a picture emerges.....here's some dots:
Cisco/Sprint in KC
Claure talks to Miami Mayor about network venture
CCA Global Partner Program
Small Cell Fronthaul: Wireless Backhaul's Future
Sprint for Chicago - collaboration between Chicago and Sprint
Google Fiber project, city partners
Google MVNO on Sprint
Sprint is looking at traditional network equipment vendors....as well as "what we consider disruptive players"...
A "new thinking about how to architect networks.", Sprint will be "measured and pragmatic" in how it chooses its vendors going forward......
This is a good example of the problem I have with T-Mobile...their "industry shifting groundbreaking" Jump program.....they act like they invented phone leasing....it's phone leasing..... which clearly Sprint introduced the whole concept.....T-Mobile is now just following leader Sprint....yet to listen to Legere it's more "innovation".... eventually the buying public sees though this nonsense for what it is.... hype....he can try to hype his 4th place network and these follow-the-leader offerings...but in the end it's just hype......T-Mobile has a history of this when they lied and called their 3G network 4G....in the fine print it said "4G Speeds"......
...and I'm not the only one noticing.....here's Claure calling out Legere on twitter for LIES....
MarceloClaure @marceloclaure · Jun 19
@JohnLegere @boostmobile John you have to stop lying so much.Your network is #4 It's the worse network in the country.Just ask @rootmetrics
.....who having become up fed up with T-Mobile blue screens of death and poor coverage, desperately want to become "T-Mobile uncustomers".......
Step 1) join the uncarrier
Step 2) buy iPhone, get unlimited plan
Step 3) get blue screen of death on iPhone, see Engadget report
Step 4) use phone between blue screens
Step 5) get de-prioritized for using phone
Step 6) become an un-customer
24 June 2015
"T-Mobile recently edited the fine print on its 4G LTE Simple Choice plans..... Unlimited 4G LTE customers who use more than 21 GB of data in a bill cycle will have their data usage de-prioritized compared to other customers for that bill cycle at locations and times when competing network demands occur, resulting in relatively slower speeds."
Claure quipped on twitter...is that uncarrier 10.0 ?.......LOL
Engadget 6/24/15 - "If you've been having problems with your T-Mobile iPhone, you're not alone. A lot of people have been experiencing random freezes, restarts and (this is not a joke, folks) the dreaded blue screen of death. A lot of people have been airing their complaints on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and the Apple forums -- even one of our own editors had to deal with the issue earlier. There's no official word yet on what's going on exactly, but according to MacRumors, it's been affecting iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices running iOS 8.1 or 8.3."
Sprint (NYSE: S) CEO Marcelo Claure met on Monday with Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and discussed Sprint's plans to expand and enhance its network in the Miami area in what could be the first hints at the elements of Sprint's massive network densification project.
...as a note the FCC filing on this cites developments in tech ......you need to grasp the big picture of what's going on with Sprint's Net Gen network.....we may see some hints of it in the partnership with Cisco in KC......note the Google MVNO deal with Sprint....and note Google's new Sidewalk Labs program...tied to NYC......you may in these see an inkling of the future........you can toss in NYC's upset with Verizon regarding failure to deliver on their broadband promises....AT&T has similar problems keeping promises nationwide.....and one key agenda of the FCC is broadband access.......
...the pace of change is enormous......Sprint is right in the middle....
"Announcing the new company, Dan (Doctoroff) said: “We are at the beginning of a historic transformation in cities. At a time when the concerns about urban equity, costs, health and the environment are intensifying, unprecedented technological change is going to enable cities to be more efficient, responsive, flexible and resilient. We hope that Sidewalk will play a major role in developing technology products, platforms and advanced infrastructure that can be implemented at scale in cities around the world.”
clearly you don't understand telecom, markets ...or even know how to use Google....Sprint had approval for this via the FCC..this is old news...come on, get with the modern world here
Bloomberg Intelligence placed a value of 86 to 115 Billion on Sprint's 2.5GHz spectrum alone. This equates to somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 dollars per share in value. The Sprint Network upgrade/turnaround is now very REAL indeed, seen in moving past T-Mobile nationwide overall, and more importantly recent #1 wins such as in KC and Indianapolis, and top speed in Denver......and in the changes by CEO Claure (entrepreneur founder of Brightstar).....
........Sprint is also backed by 80% owner and deep-pocketed Softbank, including the intellectual capital of Son and Arora (deal king formerly of Google), and the TOP tech reps from SB including Miyakawa and the 100 SB Top Gun engineers.... and Sprint is midst a communications industry where more consolidation is a virtual certainty....and not even to mention the trends in OTT video, Internet of Things, and Smart Cities, all trends beneficial to Sprint .....Believe it, don't believe it, Sprint is THE single most undervalued big brand name asset in the market.....
PC Magazine - "Denver is just the prow of Sprint's battleship, too. No, Sprint didn't get a lot of wins or second-place scores. But the carrier's improvement across all 30 of our cities was truly dramatic. Sprint is now competitive again."
you mean the employee compensation package that attracts key talent and incentivizes employees.....a de facto standard for top employees at pretty much all companies.....is that the "thing" you refer to as "giving lots of shares away for free"......that's your grand wisdom on it......hmmmmmm
One day soon for "no reason at all"....the stock will begin to climb and....just keep going.....and with likely a $2 to $3 gain in one day....with the pundits wondering what the heck is going on....and the bashers crying about pump and dump or just crawling back under rocks.....Sprint is WILDLY undervalued here at these prices...just wildly.....1) 86 to 115 Billion in 2.5 GHz spectrum per Bloomberg Intelligence 2) a turnaround story finally coming to fruition 3 ) important position in a consolidating industry.......it's just a matter of time.....
People have long had the mindset that Sprint's network quality is subpar, so when Sprint actually rises to #1, it seems perhaps a bit unreal, and thus the importance of it I don't think is fully grasped. Let's say you live in KC, you can bet right now that on every media line possible Sprint is getting the word out, that they are NUMBER ONE, NUMERO UNO ....and as a citizen of KC you would have to ask yourself why in the world pay more at any of the other three carriers for something that isn't even as good (with AT&T and junk T-Mobile), or the same as Verizon. Answer, you won't....so this opens the door for Sprint to take a very aggressive and targeted approach in these markets where the quality has risen to number #1.....and remember, this is just the start, Sprint has very deep spectrum resources, and if we are to take Claure's comments as accurate, we are going to get ALOT more NUMBER ONE's coming soon....
Sprint #1 Network in Kansas City
Sprint’s median download speed in RootMetrics’ testing increased by 62 percent since last October’s testing. RootMetrics drove a total of 1,150 miles and conducted more than 26,000 tests in Kansas City. As for call quality? Sprint recorded zero blocked calls during the testing period.
Sprint has relentlessly focused on building and fine-tuning the network in Kansas City. The company added hundreds of new 2.5GHz cell sites, and expanded its 1.9GHz and 800MHz 4G LTE coverage. Sprint’s network teams systematically optimized each cell site to maximize overall performance, coverage, capacity and speed.