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10 responses to “What Sprint’s Network Vision will Mean for You”

  1. EP

    Mr. Price, I was under the impression that WiMAX coverage would not be expanding, that the money that Clearwire receives from Sprint would only be used to maintain the existing WiMAX coverage and roll out LTE. Is my supposition inaccurate?

  2. JailBird

    I hope the best for Sprint, but I’m seriously thinking of jumping ship to Vzw at least until 2013 when my 2 years is up to see the state of Sprint then. The whole Nextel thing was a fiasco, and it looks like Clear was just as bad. To see Sprint dump all of that money into Clear, money they can’t afford to wash down the drain, and to now build the network alone again… somebody should be getting fired. Add to that the horrible 3G speeds as late, and it’s obvious that Sprint’s financial hurting is stressing their ability to augment their network. Given the response at the last financials report, I’ll still be shocked if they got the money to pull of Vision network-wide!

    I hope I’m wrong. I really like Sprint. I’ve been with them for 14 years. It’s just sad seeing their current state.

  3. bottomline

    Yes, Sprint has made mistakes, no question about it, but they continue to be the best value in wireless among the national carriers…

  4. JailBird

    They’re a great value when I’m at work where WiMAX gets 6-7Mbps and 3G gets around 500kbps. Near where I live though, there’s no WiMAX & 3G gets 40kbps on a good day, and Sprint’s network upgrade page shows no planned upgrades in my area in the next 6 months. Where I work though, where it’s already decent, there’s more planned upgrades! Go figure!

    Sprint is bleeding money left and right. Their investors aren’t happy with their idea to ignore the money pit that was Clear and to get out of their own again. While Network Vision sounds awesome, I’m worried they’re not going to be able to finance it.

  5. EP

    They aren’t ignoring Clear. They struck a new agreement with Clearwire at the beginning of this month.

  6. JailBird

    Of course they are. The agreement was just to keep the existing WiMAX going. If they were sticking with Clear, the wouldn’t be rolling out their own LTE network, they’d be working with Clear on their proposed LTE Advanced network.

    They whole thing was so mismanaged it’s almost funny.

  7. EP

    Jailbird, that’s not all the agreement was for:

    http://corporate.clearwire.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=629282
    http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=2121

    Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) and Clearwire (Nasdaq:CLWR) today announced agreements potentially worth up to $1.6 billion over the next four years in payments for WiMAX services, possible pre-payments for LTE services and potential equity investments. The agreements further align Clearwire’s LTE network build as a complement to Sprint’s Network Vision strategy.

    Also today, Clearwire announced that it has made interest payments totaling $237 million on its first-priority, second-priority and exchangeable notes which were due Dec. 1, 2011.

    “These agreements are a result of the technical MOU we outlined during our third quarter results call and extend our relationship with Clearwire,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “It provides Sprint improved pricing, allows us to continue to provide WiMAX 4G services to our customers today and to new customers in the future and provides additional LTE capacity to help complement our Network Vision strategy and meet our customers’ growing data demands.”

    TDD-LTE Collaboration

    The agreements also lay the foundation for the deployment of Clearwire’s planned LTE Advanced-ready overlay network and outline the terms for Sprint to gain access to the additional LTE capacity. The TDD-LTE rollout will capitalize on Clearwire’s deep spectrum resources to deliver on 4G capacity needs over the long-term. Under the terms, Sprint will pay Clearwire up to $350 million in a series of prepayments over a period of up to two years for LTE capacity if Clearwire achieves certain build-out targets and network specifications by June 2013. The agreements also establish long-term usage-based pricing for LTE services for 2012 and beyond. The companies have agreed to collaborate on a network build plan and will jointly select LTE macro-cell sites to cover Sprint’s high usage area “hotspots.” Clearwire plans to seek additional funding before initiating the build-out of its LTE Advanced-ready network.

    In addition, Clearwire and Sprint will work collaboratively to support the ecosystem for TDD-LTE in Band Class 41 for devices, chipsets and standards. Subject to the timing of the build-out and other factors, Sprint expects to launch devices including laptop cards and phones that will utilize Clearwire’s TDD-LTE network in 2013.

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    […] I kept it so long because it was cheap and unlimited. Of course, you get what you pay for, and after all this time I’m pretty much left feeling I paid for three-and-a-half years of throttling as Clear struggled to provide the service it promised. Now that Sprint is upgrading its network, and finally turning off the old Nextel bandwidth, Clear is basically screwed. They originally co-located their Wimax transmitters in existing Sprint antenna locations (again, LMGTFY). As Sprint turns on its own LTE service and upgrades their old antenna locations, some Clear Wimax transmitters are being decommissioned entirely. […]