Sprint's Claure: Turnaround is taking hold with customer, network growth
Sep. 17, 2015 6:53 PM • Jason Aycock
Speaking at Communacopia, CEO Marcelo Claure says one clear sign that a turnaround is taking hold at Sprint (NYSE:S) is that the firm has added postpaid handset subscribers for four months straight, the first time in 40 months that it's managed such a string.He's also softening the timeline a bit for network improvement, now saying he wants Sprint's network ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in 80% of major markets by the end of 2017."I think from a network perspective we're getting better dramatically," he said, noting that its network, pricing and new handset leasing approach should help churn continue to improve."Virtually all" of Sprint's macro cell sites are going to be upgraded to support 800 MHz, 1900 MHz and 2.5 GHz for LTE, he said, and the company will deploy thousands of new macro sites and tens of thousands of small cells.He added a decision is coming in the next few weeks about whether Sprint will take part in the broadcast incentive auction for 600 MHz spectrum.
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