Carry on my favorite Son....
Sprint (NYSE: S) told the FCC that its rebanding efforts in the 800 MHz band are nearing completion, according to a filing the carrier made with the commission. The declaration comes nearly a decade after the FCC ordered the rebanding of the 800 MHz band to alleviate interference to public-safety licensees in 800 MHz band caused by commercial cellular licensees.
The company described its progress in a filing with the FCC last week that discussed a meeting its lawyers held July 10 with David Goldman, legal advisor for Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.
"Sprint highlighted that the multi-year 800 MHz band reconfiguration effort is nearing completion," the carrier noted. "Sprint described that 39 of 55 Regions are 100% complete with physical retuning, and ten other Regions have only one licensee left to fully separate public safety and commercial providers to mitigate the risk of interference--with all funding provided by Sprint and no disruption to mission-critical operations."
As Urgent Communications notes, the rebanding plan was designed to separate public-safety LMR systems' spectrum from commercial cellular networks--primarily the iDEN systems owned by Nextel prior to Sprint's acquisition of Nextel--as part of an effort to prevent interference to the mission-critical networks used by first responders.
Sprint shut down Nextel's 800 MHz iDEN service in July 2013 and has since been refarming its 800 MHz spectrum for FDD-LTE service. Sprint expects to cover 150 million POPs with 800 MHz LTE by the end of 2014 as part of its tri-band Sprint Spark service.
Much of the remaining rebanding work that needs to be done is in California, Arizona and part of Texas along the border with Mexico. The FCC and the Mexican government only concluded a final spectrum sharing agreement that covers the border in April 2013, which has hampered rebanding efforts.
Sprint and NII Holdings have "agreed to basically take responsibility for funding [rebanding in Mexico], within certain limitations," David Furth, deputy chief of the FCC's Public-Safety and Homeland-Security Bureau told Urgent Communications.
Sprint (NYSE: S) and its parent SoftBank are partnering with Japanese display and handset maker Sharp to deliver low-cost smartphones in Japan and the U.S. The first device in their partnership is called the Sharp Aquos Crystal, and SoftBank indicated that its scale will enable it to sell the phone at a low cost.
According to the Wall Street Journal, SoftBank is also discussing a new service that allows unlimited downloads from a selection of apps for a fixed monthly fee. Meanwhile, reports have indicated Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure will unveil "very disruptive" new pricing plans later this week.
The 5-inch Aquos Crystal will be released in Japan Aug. 29 and then later in the U.S. Sharp also announced the 5.5-inch Aquos Crystal X, which will be released in Japan in December. For Sharp, the partnership is a boon since its smartphone business has struggled mightily in recent years.
The Aquos Crystal runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, has an edge-to-edge display, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon 400 processor, 8 GB of internal storage and Harman-Kardon audio. The edgeless display of the design is notable because Sprint is holding a media event in New York City tomorrow in which it has invited attendees to "take the edge off," indicating the carrier could use the event to announce the U.S. version of the phone.
We had received a number of offers from different vendors," Yoshiaki Adachi, a SoftBank manager in charge of product design, told the Journal, adding that SoftBank could enter into similar partnerships with other device vendors in the future. "That we would be able to make this offering exclusive was a large draw."
By PATRICK SEITZ, INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
Posted 05:47 PM ET
The total number of subscribers for 4G LTE and 4.5G LTE Advanced is expected to grow to nearly 411 million and 22 million, respectively, by year's end, ABI says. The growing appetite for on-the-go, real-time information and mobile entertainment services is fueling the trend, ABI analysts Jake Saunders and Cheri Wong said in a note
About 337 mobile networks worldwide already have deployed 4G LTE. Global LTE network coverage is expected to cover more than 30% of the world's population by the end of 2014.
ABI estimates that nearly 482 million LTE handsets will be shipped in 2014, up by nearly 150 million units from the previous year. It expects that number will grow to 1.34 billion by the end of 2019.
In North America, the leading carriers for LTE Advanced are AT&T (NYSE:T) and Sprint (NYSE:S), Saunders and Wong told IBD.
In Asia-Pacific , LTE Advanced leaders include Telstra of Australia, CSL New World Mobility Group of Hong Kong, KDDI of Japan, Singtel of Singapore, and South Korean carriers SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM), Korea Telecom (NYSE:KT) and LG U+.
In Western Europe, the leading carriers with commercial LTE Advanced networks include Orange France and Bouygues Telecom of France, O2 Germany, KPN of the Netherlands, Swisscom of Switzerland and EE of the U.K.
In Eastern Europe, O2 Czech Republic, T-Mobile Czech Republic and Russia's MegaFon are leading in 4.5G wireless.
And in the Middle East, STC of Saudi Arabia is the LTE Advanced leader, ABI said.
Yep, Clwr was a great return ... But it took much patience to hang in through all the noise. Hesse bashing and BK taunts weren't for the lightweights, that's for sure. Now
It's Sprints turn. IMO Sprint for now is a great swing trade... But again, patience and trailing stops are the order of the day ( for me only). Some folks like options some folks like to short sell...and some folks claim no position in Sprint as they bash away at Sprints mgmt techniques ...quite a plethora on messaging no doubt. Good luck in whatever your choices on Sprint end up being ...
SB and Son bought millions of S common shares ( per sec insider transactions) in 8/13 at a price much higher then what S is trading for right now. Is it the Japanese culture that dictates you buy high and hope it goes lower? I think not. Mr Son has a few irons in the fire ... Patience is the word here...
And of course , if the Warenn Buffett of Aisa announces a block buster business arrangement and/or partnership with any number of suspects in the near future, all price range targets are off...
So far it's been all talk and the PPS trends down...IMO sprints shares trading now in the mid 5's are a bargain... When Sprint starts walking the walking to back up all the talking, the negative sentiment will reverse...this is only my opinion folks. Your trading style and opinions may differ and that's fine with me. After all is said and done, this is really only about me and Sprint... Not me and you ...good luck...
smalls, doesn't Sprint-CLWR have some type of relationship with China Mobile? does that change the dynamic to your opinion?
Clearwire continues to move forward with our LTE network plans and to participate in our cooperative arrangement with China Mobile. LTE remains an important opportunity globally and we expect manufacturer interest in offering TDD-LTE/FDD-LTE options, like Qualcomm’s Gobi Modem, to remain high.
How would a controlling interest in VOD help Sprint?
I wonder what Sprints larger plan with Apple is really about ? Anyone care to comment?
so, Apple will become a crucial part of Sprint. other then possibly featuring the new I-Phone 6, what else could Claure be talking about here?
Apple Inc. (AAPL) will debut the long-awaited iPhone 6 next month, which reportedly will feature a 5.5-inch screen that is made of sapphire, a more durable material than glass or plastic. The new iPhone is likely to be a big hit with smartphone users, which could help the tech giant steal marketshare away from Android-based phones.
The bandit weighs in;
Claure added that "We're going to change our plans to make sure they are simple and attractive, and make sure every customer in America thinks twice about signing up to a competitor."
Mr Son is the ultimate Maverick and the Warren Buffett of Asia and now he's got the 'Bandit' on board....Go Sprint!
Two areas that will change the sprint dynamic:
B. Network quality.
A w/o B won't get it done.
I'm certain masa and Marcelo know that...
What parentoes fails to see here is the firing up of sprint bulls... I personally enjoy the challenge...
T mobile towers. It's a moot point. .. Masa Son is the ultimate maverick but NOT foolish. You aren't on the inside and neither am I to know all mitigating factors that lead to Sons spurning TMUS. , but common sense would dictate a few things here .
SB and Son with Marcelo on board have bigger fish to fry.
Son deserves much credit for NOT bidding on TMUS due to in part the FCC odds of not getting it approved. AT&T CEO wasn't so smart. He caused AT&T shareholders billions of lost dollars that in part gave TMUS CapEx money to use against AT&T ...Masa Son knew better...
Ergen and Son ARE in cahoots ...
Charlie Ergen, Dish cofounder and chairman, said Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum is "tailor-made" for delivering wireless fixed broadband service to the home, particularly in the case of low data users who are not streaming a lot of video. "I think that Sprint's got a real key asset there," he added.
An analyst on the earnings call asked Ergen if it might make more sense for Dish to make an offer to buy T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) rather than just partner with Sprint, given that T-Mobile is ostensibly back on the market after Sprint gave up on plans to buy the rival operator.
"Don't know," said Ergen, who went on to extol Sprint's virtues, including its entrepreneurial attitude and competitive new CEO (Brightstar founder Marcelo Claure). "I'd almost say you ain't seen nothing yet, right?" he added.
No mention of Verizon at all here, imagine that?.....This Article published 8-16-14.
Wish for Dish?
Though its endeavor to combine with T-Mobile has fallen through, there are other options that Sprint may weigh. The most convenient one is considering a deal with Dish. All this while when Sprint and T-Mobile were in serious talks, Dish was a mere sideline observer. But past the rift between the two wireless carriers, Dish seems to have become an active participant. This situation, where Sprint is looking for a key partner while T-Mobile is off the list, brings to life the satellite TV provider’s long longed desire to enter the telecom wireless world.
Dish has been quite interested to make its way in the mobile broadband world through a national telecom partner. The company has tried to strike a deal on several occasions, but nothing turned out to be fruitful. Even when Softbank was trying to form a deal and buy majority stake in Sprint, Dish had made a rival offer to the Kansas carrier in hope to get into the wireless platform. And before this, when Sprint had made a bid to acquire Clearwire, Dish again interfered by making a rival offer.
Over the years, the second largest satellite-TV carrier in the U.S. has acquired huge airwaves to become more attractive to the telecom providers. The company plans to use these valuable airwaves to build a wireless network and assist an existing telecom company expand its capacity.
Sprint and Dish could consider combining assets together and making a strong set-up to contest others. The two together could become a formidable combination in the mobile industry. Dish’s airwaves and Pay-TV services are valued at $26 billion, which could be a huge meaningful addition to Sprint’s existing assets. A similar deal between a telecom carrier and a satellite-TV provider is running in parallel – AT&T and DirecTV (DTV). The two are currently seeking for the regulators’ approval.