Showing posts with label Sprint. Show all posts
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Friday, August 11, 2017

Sprint clocks 28% improvement in average download speed

Sprint's national average download speeds have improved by 28 percent in seven months, according to Ookla Speedtest Intelligence data cited by the company.

Sprint now ranks #1 for the fastest average download speed in 15 cities, including Atlanta, Denver, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City and Seattle, according to the Ookla data.

Sprint also noted that Verizon and AT&T’s average speeds slowed due to their introduction of unlimited data plans

“We’ve been offering unlimited data for nearly 10 years and we have a long history managing customer demand which is why our speeds are improving while others have slowed,” Dr. John Saw, Sprint CTO. “Sprint also has far more spectrum capacity than any other U.S. carrier and our data performance and speeds continue to improve as we deploy more of our 2.5 GHz spectrum.”

“The extension of our toolbox with new small cell solutions such as Sprint Magic Box, airpoles, strand mounts and other tools, are making a real difference for customers in cities across the country,” said Günther Ottendorfer, Chief Operating Officer, Technology, at Sprint. “These low-cost, easy-to-deploy solutions are a great way to quickly improve data service and add more capacity in an unlimited network where it’s needed.”

Sprint has a number of performance improvements under way, including an expanding portfolio of High Performance User Equipment (HPUE) capable devices that can extend Sprint’s existing 2.5GHz coverage by up to 30 percent bringing faster data speeds to customers in more locations, including indoors. Sprint is also preparing for four-channel carrier aggregation, higher order and Massive MIMO, 256 QAM, and Gigabit Class LTE.

http://newsroom.sprint.com/sprint-lte-plus-data-speeds-up-28-in-seven-months.htm


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sprint and Samsung test massive MIMO on 2.5 GHz

U.S. operator Sprint, a Softbank company, and Samsung Electronics announced that on the streets of the city of Suwon in South Korea they recently tested massive MIMO on 2.5 GHz spectrum in a real-world environment to support Sprint's efforts to increase LTE Plus wireless capacity and coverage and offer gigabit service to its customers.

During the field testing in Suwon, massive MIMO Samsung radios, equipped with vertical and horizontal beamforming technology, achieved peak speeds of 330 Mbit/s per channel using a 20 MHz channel of 2.5 GHz spectrum. The companies stated that capacity per channel increased approximately four-fold, cell edge performance increased three times and the overall coverage area expanded compared with current radios.

Sprint has deployed 8T8R (8 transmit, 8 receive) radios across its U.S. network, and the test with Samsung was designed to compare the performance of massive MIMO radios with 8T8R radios. The test cases and requirements were jointly developed by Sprint and Samsung and included a variety of performance scenarios involving multi-user and non-stationary testing.

For the tests, Samsung provided the massive MIMO network infrastructure as well as test network design, operation, data collection and processing. Both companies plan to use the results of the testing to prepare for the commercial deployment of massive MIMO in the U.S. and in other markets globally.

Samsung noted that massive MIMO radios involve the use of more antenna elements, for example, 64T64R uses 128 antenna elements, whereas 2T2R/4T4R/8T8R configurations are used in a typical 4G LTE network. The massive MIMO antennas also use advanced horizontal and vertical beamforming technology to focus and transmit cellular signals into targeted locations. This enables more efficient use of spectrum to deliver faster speeds and higher data capacity in high-traffic locations.

Sprint plans to deploy massive MIMO radios with 128 antenna elements (64T64R) using its 2.5 GHz spectrum in cities across the U.S. to increase capacity by up to eight-fold. In March, Sprint became the first U.S. carrier to introduce gigabit-class LTE on a live commercial network with a launch in New Orleans.


In New Orleans, Sprint implemented three-channel carrier aggregation and 60 MHz of 2.5 GHz spectrum, combined with 4 x 4 MIMO and 256QAM higher order modulation to achieve Category 16 LTE download data speeds over a TDD network. With massive MIMO radios using 64T64R, Sprint expects to be able to deliver capacity beyond 1 Gbit/s and reach between 3 and 6 Gbit/s bandwidth per sector.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sprint Offers Free Unlimited for One Year to Switchers

In the latest volley in U.S. mobile marketing war, Sprint launched a very aggressive pricing campaign to attract users to join its network. The deal promises "FREE Unlimited data, talk and text for one year" with no annual contract for new Sprint customers currently served by  Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile. After July 31, 2018, the service is priced at $60/month for the first line. The offer is valid until June 30. Customers must bring their own phones.


https://www.sprint.com/en/shop/offers/free-unlimited.html?ECID=vanity:1yearfree#compare

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sprint Launches SD-WAN with VeloCloud

Sprint launched its Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) services. The service is powered with VeloCloud's SD-WAN solution.

“The rapid change in technology is driving companies to consider SD-WAN as the answer to simplifying network challenges,” said Mike Fitz, vice president of the Sprint Global Wireline Business Unit. “The Sprint SD-WAN dashboard provides our customers with real-time, detailed visibility into the performance of their entire WAN and all of their applications, while single-click deployment minimizes the set-up time for branch offices and temporary sites.”

For connectivity, enterprises can use new or existing Sprint MPLS or broadband internet connectivity, as well as bring their own broadband (BYOBB) from other providers.  Sprint manages the customer’s SD-WAN solution across transport vendors, providing an integrated and seamless end-to-end experience.

http://www.sprint.com

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sprint Unveils Magic Box Small Cell

Sprint unveiled the Sprint Magic Box, a new plug–and–play LTE small cell for businesses and consumers that it claims will increase download and upload speeds on average by 200 percent.

The Sprint Magic Box is an indoor, self-configuring small cell, about the size of a shoebox, that is designed for consumer installation. One Sprint Magic Box provides average coverage of 30,000 square feet indoors and can benefit adjacent Sprint customers inside the building. The signal can also extend coverage 100 meters outside a building, benefitting Sprint customers in nearby buildings and improving street–level network performance.

“Sprint Magic Box is going to quickly transform our network, and it is key to delivering an amazing experience to customers today as we build the kind of dense urban infrastructures needed for 5G,” said Dr. John Saw, Sprint CTO. “By leveraging our deep spectrum trove, Sprint has the ability to blanket its network with an all-wireless small cell that delivers this kind of dramatic performance boost with zero backhaul, permitting, and engineering costs.”

Sprint also announced plans to to continue its deployment of three-channel carrier aggregation on 2.5 GHz sites. The company also anticipates leveraging a multitude of advanced technologies including four-channel carrier aggregation, 256 QAM, 4x4 MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) and Massive MIMO to further enhance the capacity and coverage of its 2.5 GHz TDD-LTE spectrum.

http://newsroom.sprint.com/magic-box

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sprint Teams with Qualcomm, Motorola to launch Gigabit-class LTE

Sprint, which serves nearly 60 million connections in the U.S., together with partners Qualcomm Technologies and Motorola Mobility, a Lenovo company, have announced the debut of what they claims is the first U.S. deployment of Gigabit-class LTE on a commercial network using a forthcoming flagship smartphone.

The new gigabit class LTE service from Sprint employs three-channel carrier aggregation (CA) and 60 MHz of 2.5 GHz spectrum in combination with 4 x 4 MIMO and 256QAM higher order modulation technology to deliver Category 16 LTE download data speeds on a TDD network.

As part of the launch, Motorola showcased the high-bandwidth capability of its forthcoming smartphone that is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform with an integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem to enable support for gigabit LTE capability.

Sprint stated that it plans to utilise its 2.5 GHz spectrum to offer gigabit LTE service in high-traffic locations across the U.S. as part of its strategy to provide a foundation for 5G by 'densifying' its network via the addition of small cells and smart antennas. The strategy is intended to enable Sprint to offer 5G-like services with gigabit-level performance over its LTE Plus network and to meet future demand for mobile broadband services.

Sprint claims that with 204 MHz of spectrum in the U.S. and more than 160 MHz of 2.5 GHz spectrum in the top 100 markets nationwide, it holds more licensed spectrum capacity to support gigabit-class LTE than any other U.S. carrier. In addition, it noted that licensed spectrum enables a more reliable and higher quality service for LTE Plus customers through not relying on unlicensed resources.

The roll-out of Sprint's gigabit class LTE over the LTE Plus network will require a series of incremental upgrades, starting with three-channel CA, which is currently available in over 100 markets. The next stage will be implementation of Category 16 devices enabling support for 4 x 4 MIMO and 256QAM.

Sprint also plans to utilise Massive MIMO, a key element of 5G, to further enhance capacity and coverage for its 2.5 GHz TDD-LTE spectrum. Leveraging massive MIMO radios using 64T64R, Sprint expects to be able to increase capacity to beyond the 1 Gbit/s rate and deliver capacity of 3 to 6 Gbit/s per sector.

Sprint noted that working with Ericsson, at MWC 2017 it demonstrated 1 Gbit/s performance over 60 MHz of 2.5 GHz spectrum, while in collaboration with Nokia it demonstrated how massive MIMO can be used to increase cell capacity up to 8x compared to 4G LTE using 2.5 GHz TDD-LTE spectrum with 64T64R.

http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/sprint-debuts-gigabit-class-lte-in-new-orleans.htm?previousArticle=0&nextArticle=12449&gotoArt=%2Fnews-releases%2Fsprint-debuts-gigabit-class-lte-in-new-orleans.htm

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sprint Offers 5 Lines of Unlimited Data for $90

Sprint is launching a special promotion in which consumers can get Unlimited Data, Talk and Text for $50/month for the first line with AutoPay, two lines for just $90/month; and the third, fourth and fifth lines of Unlimited Data, Talk and Text are FREE.1 When you do the math, it’s amazing: A family of five will pay $90/month for five lines.

“Sprint understands the value of unlimited data to our customers,” said Roger Solé, Sprint chief marketing officer. “Customers do more with their phones every day and they want to use them without limits. With our new offer, you can sign up for a plan that allows you to surf and stream all you want and not worry about overage fees and charges. So why not use your wireless device to its full potential to enjoy things you love like Snapchat, social media, Twitter, watching video, texting and calling – all on our highly reliable network.”

http://www.sprint.com/unlimited

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sprint Names Néstor Cano as COO

Sprint named Néstor Cano to the newly created position of chief operating officer, a position where he will be responsible for delivering operational excellence, driving further expense reductions, and strengthening systems and processes across the business.

Cano most recently was president of European Operations at Tech Data, one of the world’s largest distributors of IT products and services. Cano also held other senior executive roles at the company where he fixed management processes and controls to drive the best-ever profit in the company’s European operations. Before joining Tech Data, Cano held positions with technology companies in Spain, including Tronik and CCR Informatica.

http://www.sprint.com

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Sprint Commits to Create or Bring Back to America 5,000 Jobs

Sprint announced a commitment to create or bring back to America 5,000 jobs by the end of its fiscal year 2017.

“We are excited to work with President-Elect Trump and his Administration to do our part to drive economic growth and create jobs in the U.S.,” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. “We believe it is critical for business and government to partner together to create more job opportunities in the U.S. and ensure prosperity for all Americans.”

Sprint said it anticipates these jobs will support a variety of functions across the organization including its Customer Care and Sales teams.

http://www.sprint.com

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sprint Extends 2.5 GHz Spectrum with High Performance User Equipment

Sprint announced plans to leverage High Performance User Equipment (HPUE) to optimize its 2.5 GHz network coverage.

Sprint said HPUE technology, which was certified by 3GPP earlier this month, is capable of extending its 2.5 GHz coverage by up to 30 percent to nearly match its mid-band 1.9 GHz spectrum performance, including indoors where an estimated 60 to 70 percent of wireless traffic is generated. HPUE is a new power class – Power Class 2 – for end-user devices such as smartphones, and is designed to improve the performance of TDD-LTE Band 41 networks around the world. Sprint co-led the development of HPUE in conjunction with the Global TDD LTE Initiative (GTI) and companies such as China Mobile, SoftBank, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., Samsung, ZTE, Broadcom, MediaTek, Skyworks Solutions, Alcatel, Motorola, LG and Qorvo.

“HPUE is an incredible innovation that will dramatically improve the performance of our high-band spectrum and deliver an even better experience for the millions of customers on the Sprint network whether they’re streaming videos, playing games or using apps, both indoors and out,” said Dr. John Saw, Sprint CTO. “With HPUE, our customers using 2.5 GHz-capable phones can have nearly the same reach as our 1.9 GHz spectrum. This gives them all the coverage advantages of mid-band spectrum while maintaining the tremendous speed and capacity advantages of high-band spectrum.”

“The joint test between China Mobile and Sprint proved the benefits of HPUE technology, and China Mobile will continuously promote the availability and deployment of HPUE,” said Madam Yuhong Huang, Secretary General of GTI and Deputy General Manager of China Mobile Research Institute.

Sprint also confirmed that its network is ready for the initial roll-out of HPUE, including in its 250 LTE Plus markets. Samsung, one of Sprint’s most important ecosystem partners, is expected to support HPUE in devices slated for commercial launch in 2017.

Furthermore, Sprint will continue its deployment of three-channel carrier aggregation on 2.5 GHz sites. The company also anticipates leveraging a multitude of advanced technologies including multiple carrier aggregation, 256 QAM, 4x4 MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) and Massive MIMO to further enhance the capacity and coverage of its 2.5 GHz TDD-LTE spectrum.

http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=12399


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sprint's Revenues Return to Growth

Sprint reported the first year-over-year increase in total net quarterly operating revenues in over two years, a year-over-year increase of more than five times in postpaid phone net additions, and record low postpaid phone churn. Total net operating revenues were $8.25 billion grew 3 percent year-over-year and wireless net operating revenues of $7.85 billion grew nearly 5 percent year-over-year. The company also reported a net loss of $142 million, operating income of $622 million, and Adjusted EBITDA of $2.35 billion.

“We took another step forward in our plan toward sustainable profitability and cash generation with this quarter’s results,” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. “The top line is now growing, we continue to take costs out of the business, and we are successfully raising money at materially lower rates to reduce our future cash interest expenses.”

Some highlights:

  • Total liquidity was $11.3 billion at the end of the quarter, including $5.7 billion of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. 
  • Additionally, the company also has $1.1 billion of availability under vendor financing agreements that can be used toward the purchase of 2.5GHz network equipment.
  • Last week, the company priced $3.5 billion of spectrum-backed senior secured notes at 3.36 percent, which is less than half of the company’s current effective interest rate. 
  • Total net additions were 740,000 in the quarter, including postpaid net additions of 344,000, prepaid net losses of 427,000, and wholesale and affiliate net additions of 823,000.
  • Total postpaid churn of 1.52 percent in the quarter improved by two basis points year-over-year.
  • Sprint said it aims to unlock the value of the largest spectrum holdings in the U.S. by densifying and optimizing its network to provide customers the best experience. The company’s LTE Plus Network combines a rich tri-band spectrum portfolio with the LTE Advanced features of carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming.

Sprint’s LTE Plus Network is now available in more than 250 markets and the company has started to deploy three-channel carrier aggregation in such markets as Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Cleveland, and Columbus. These deployments will provide peak download speeds of more than 200Mbps on capable devices when available. The company currently has 10 three-channel carrier aggregation capable devices, including the recently launched iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7.

http://www.sprint.com

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sprint Picks DragonWave's Microwave Backhaul for Network Densification

Sprint has selected DragonWave's microwave backhaul equipment for network deployment as part of the company's densification and optimization strategy. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Specifically, DragonWave's microwave backhaul equipment will be used as part of Sprint's strategy to significantly densify its network through the deployment of small cells and other solutions, with the goal of further improving network performance and the customer experience.

DragonWave said it was selected for the combination of its dual channel capability and industry leading system gain, as well as its advanced network security capabilities.

"We look forward to continuing our work with DragonWave as part of our densification and optimization strategy," said Gunther Ottendorfer, COO of Technology at Sprint. "Microwave backhaul is a cost-efficient, reliable alternative when used in the right ring structures, and it's a key part of the extension of our overall toolkit as we work to provide customers with more consistent coverage, better reliability, and even faster data speeds."

"DragonWave is pleased to extend our relationship with Sprint, and we know that we can bring unique performance advantages that can be leveraged in its network densification efforts," said Peter Allen, President & CEO, DragonWave. "We look forward to supporting Sprint's growth and expansion by delivering on our commitment to provide unmatched product performance, reliability and support."

http://www.dragonwaveinc.com

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sprint to Launch SD-WAN with Velocloud

Sprint is preparing to launch global SD-WAN services in early 2017 using VeloCloud's platform. The first customer field trials are underway.

“After a thorough vendor evaluation process, Sprint determined that the VeloCloud solution best aligned with Sprint’s focus on network agility, flexibility and cloud services enablement, said Mike Fitz, Vice President of the Sprint Global Wireline Business Unit. “We are excited to work with VeloCloud to support additional customer proof of concepts and build upon our existing relationship.”

Earlier this year Sprint announced the formation of their new Sprint Global Wireline Business Unit. The organization is focused on providing business customers with a top-tier global all-IP global network that reduces customer’s costs while providing a strong, resilient foundation for current and future business communications solutions.

“We are proud to partner with Sprint,” said Sanjay Uppal, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer of VeloCloud. “Sprint is a leader in providing worldwide voice and data networking solutions.  Sprint’s managed services expertise and commitment to exceptional care, coupled with VeloCloud’s industry leading SD-WAN platform, delivers a powerful and advanced network solution with end-to-end security.

http://www.sprint.com
http://www.velocloud.com

AT&T Builds SD-WAN with VeloCloud


AT&T is rolling out an SD-WAN hybrid solution that combines multiple types of network access using technology from VeloCloud. The network-based solution will be available in 2017. VeloCloud is part of the AT&T Integrated Cloud ecosystem focused on the SD-WAN. In addition to VeloCloud, AT&T said it plans to collaborate with more SD-WAN technology companies as part of its evolving ecosystem to support customers’ needs. “Businesses need...

EarthLink Picks VeloCloud for SD-WAN Services


EarthLink is working with VeloCloud to deliver SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) services. EarthLink’s full-service SD-WAN offering will launch to market in fall 2016.  This technology enables customers to realize the full potential of the cloud by supporting application growth, network agility and simplified branch implementations while delivering optimized access to cloud services, private datacenters and enterprise applications. “VeloCloud...

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Sprint Chalks Up Performance Quality Gains

Sprint cited significant gains in its mobile network performance following two years of infrastructure enhancements.

Sprint now ranks second for wireless network quality performance in five out of six geographic regions of the U.S. according to J.D. Power's 2016 Wireless Network Quality Performance Study – Volume 2. Sprint has the second-highest network quality in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Southwest and West Regions.

The study shows a big improvement for Sprint since August 2014, when the company finished last in every region by a large margin.

J.D. Power's semiannual study is based on 10 problem areas of the customer experience: dropped calls; calls not connected; audio issues; failed/late voicemails; lost calls; text transmission failures; late text message notifications; Web/app connection errors; slow downloads/apps; and email connection errors. Network performance issues are measured as problems per 100 (PP100) connections, with a lower score reflecting fewer problems and higher overall performance.

“Following our ongoing investments and technological advancements in the Sprint network, our customers are having a significantly improved experience and our gap in performance to the market leader is smaller than ever before,” said Dr. John Saw, Sprint Chief Technology Officer. “While that gap is small, our customers know that there’s a huge difference in value. Wireless consumers no longer have to choose between a good network and one they can afford – at Sprint they can have both.”

http://www.sprint.com

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sprint Shows Three-Channel Carrier Aggregation LTE Plus in Kansas City

Sprint and Nokia kicked-off the launch of three-channel carrier aggregation in Kansas City’s LTE Plus Network with a live demonstration at Kauffman Stadium just prior to the Royals vs Yankees game.

Sprint is hitting peak speeds as high of 230 Mbps using its 2.5Ghz spectrum with three-channel carrier aggregation inside the stadium using the Samsung Note7, Galaxy S7, S7 edge, HTC 10 and LG G5. Nokia supplied its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station for LTE TDD, including TD-LTE-Advanced 8-pipe radio (8T8R) that can deliver all three carriers from a single unit on 8T8R configuration for better performance and coverage.

“Kansas City is our hometown and it’s also one of the most tech savvy cities in the country, so it’s fitting that it would be one of our first markets to receive this advanced capability,” said Dr. John Saw, Sprint CTO. “4K streaming and powerful virtual reality systems are on the rise and we’re excited to take our LTE Plus network to the next level increasing our speed and capacity 50% more with three-channel carrier aggregation.”

http://www.sprint.com

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sprint Hits 275 Mbps with LTE 3-Channel CA with LG5

Sprint reached peak speeds of 275 Mbps in three-channel carrier aggregation lab tests using the LG G5, one of the first devices on the market to support the functionality.

“Our holdings of more than 160 MHz of 2.5 GHz spectrum in the top 100 U.S. markets give us more capacity than any other carrier in the U.S. In combination with our Densification and Optimization strategy we futureproof our network for our customers,” said Günther Ottendorfer, Sprint COO, Technology. “This capacity enables us to reach very high speeds, as well as provide innovative unlimited data plans to our customers while keeping pace with the growing demand for data.”

Sprint currently offers 22 devices that actively support two-channel carrier aggregation on its LTE Plus network. Two-channel carrier aggregation delivers peak speeds of more than 100 Mbps in 237 LTE Plus markets across the country using 40 MHz of spectrum on the company’s 2.5GHz cell sites.

Six devices currently offered by Sprint are three-channel carrier aggregation capable: the HTC 9, HTC 10, LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and Samsung Note 7. With three-channel carrier aggregation Sprint will utilize 60 MHz of spectrum to provide peak speeds of more than 200 Mbps on capable devices. Three-channel carrier aggregation is slated for enablement on capable devices via an automatic software update following network deployment.

http://www.sprint.com


  • Earlier this month, Sprint reached peak lab speeds of 295 Mbps in three-channel carrier aggregation lab tests using the HTC 10.
  • In March, Sprint demonstrated speeds of more than 300 Mbps using three-channel carrier aggregation on a Samsung Galaxy S7. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Former Sprint Execs Join Rivada

Rivada Mercury today announced the appointments of four former Sprint executives to its senior leadership team: Pierre Elisseeff, Peter Campbell, Bill Esrey, and Todd Rowley.

Rivada has developed an Open Access Wireless Marketplace that allows bandwidth to be bought, sold, and traded at the wholesale level. The company’s Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage (DSA) technology allows buyers to acquire wireless bandwidth for a specific period of time in a specific location.

Having built a successful wholesale business at Sprint, Rivada Networks’ new hires will leverage the company’s technological advances to transform the mobile broadband industry.

Pierre Elisseeff is Rivada Mercury’s chief financial officer. He was previously vice president and wholesale business unit CFO at Sprint, where he successively oversaw the Enterprise/Wholesale and Postpaid Consumer
businesses.

Peter Campbell will join Rivada Mercury as chief information officer. He has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications sector, and joins Rivada after holding the same post at Sprint, where he recently led the deployment of OSS and BSS systems in support of Sprint’s multi-billion-dollar National US LTE Network Upgrade covering tens of thousands of cell sites.

Bill Esrey joins Rivada Mercury as senior vice president of wholesale and business development. Before joining Rivada, Bill was with Sprint where he was responsible for the growth and retention of Sprint's largest business customers selling cloud, wireline, wireless, M2M and various mobility applications. He served in Sprint’s Global Wholesale organization as vice president of operations, product, marketing and global sales. Bill brings over 27 years of experience in the telecom industry working for Sprint, Ameritech, and CentelCorporations.

Todd Rowley joins Rivada Mercury as senior vice president of business development. He most recently spent the past 16 years serving as vice president of business development at Sprint. There he was responsible for leading certain strategic partnering and commercial deals and working with the business units to develop strategic direction and new business models and opportunities. He has also led Sprint’s strategic efforts to develop and execute a rural LTE coverage strategy through partnerships with rural and regional carriers across the country.

The appointments follow the recent announcement that former Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer joined Rivada Mercury as CEO. Rivada Mercury is the company formed by Rivada Networks, Fujitsu, the Harris Corporation, Nokia and Black & Veatch to offer to build out FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network. Euteneuer also serves as co-CEO of Rivada Networks.

“Rivada is building the best wholesale and network operations team in the industry as we move to disrupt the way wireless works. Pierre, Peter, Bill and Todd are second to none at what they do. I look forward to working them as Rivada drives the commoditization of mobile bandwidth,” stated Rivada Networks Co-CEO and Executive Chairman Declan Ganley.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sprint Renews Portion of Managed Services Contract with Ericsson

Ericsson and Sprint announced a renewal of portions of the companies' 2009 managed services contract, which reaches its full term in September 2016. Financial terms were not disclosed and the companies did not reveal how large a portion of the contract has been renewed.

The companies did say that Ericsson will continue to be a key business partner for Sprint, providing some multi-vendor services that support the ongoing operations, development and transformation of Sprint's networks. Overall Network Service Assurance management of the network will be performed by Sprint.

Roger O'Hargan, Head of Network Services, Ericsson North America, says: "We are very proud of the work Ericsson has done to help Sprint achieve its business objectives over the past seven years. We look forward to continuing our partnership and helping Sprint deliver enhanced operational performance and achieve the cost advantages that can come through our managed services offerings."

Dr. John Saw, Sprint Chief Technology Officer, says: "Sprint's network is performing at best-ever levels, and we are proud of the progress we have made with Ericsson over the last seven years. Ericsson remains a valued strategic partner in supporting the Sprint network. As with any long-term managed services agreement, it is crucial that the relationship is regularly reviewed and adjustments made when necessary so that business strategies remain aligned."

http://www.ericsson.com
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Sprint Awards 7-Year Network Mgt Deal to Ericsson

Sprint awarded a seven-year network management outsourcing contract to Ericsson covering its CDMA, iDEN and wireline networks. Sprint said the deal enables it to focus on delivering a superior customer experience, innovative services and popular new devices while letting Ericsson handle the day-to-day operations of its network. Key points of the deal include:

  • Sprint retains full ownership and control of its network assets, and solely owns network strategy and investment decisions.

  • Customers will continue to work directly with Sprint employees as their primary contact, as Sprint retains full control of the customer experience, customer technical support and services review.

  • Sprint retains technology and vendor selections.

  • Ericsson assumes responsibility for the day-to-day services, provisioning and maintenance for the Sprint-owned CDMA, iDEN and wireline networks.
  • Ericsson will optimize Sprint's multi-vendor inventory of assets such as spare parts and transmission equipment, and provide processes and tools for managing the national network platforms and operational support systems.
  • The transferred employees will become part of Ericsson Services Inc., a wholly-owned Ericsson subsidiary based in Overland Park, KS, a move that retains jobs in the United States. No force reductions are currently contemplated as a result of this agreement.
The agreement, with an option for renewal, will result in payments for services valued at between $4.5 billion and $5 billion (USD) over the seven-year term of the contract. The transaction calls for about 6,000 Sprint employees to begin performing their network functions as Ericsson employees sometime in the 3rd quarter.

A new entity called Ericsson Services Inc. will be established in Overland Park, KS.

Sprint said it also foresees cost savings, better inventory management and increased network efficiencies from the deal. The cost savings will be reinvested in the network for better coverage. Expected cost savings were not specified in the announcement.
http://www.ericsson.com
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Sprint Cites Gains in Network Reliability

Sprint reported that its reliability now beats T-Mobile’s and performs within 1 percent of AT&T and Verizon, according to its own analysis of the latest Nielsen drive test data for average network reliability (voice & data) in top 106 markets.

Nielsen drove a total of more than 165,000 miles conducting tests in 106 major metro markets spanning a population of more than 200 million. Nielsen’s reliability tests measure both accessibility and retainability of voice calls and data sessions. For example, it measures the ability of a voice call or download to initially connect to the network as well as maintain that network connection from start to finish.

Sprint cited its rich tri-band spectrum portfolio, and its use of carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming. Two-channel carrier aggregation, deployed on high-traffic 2.5 GHz cell sites, doubles speed and capacity offering peak speeds of more than 100 Mbps on capable devices. With three-channel carrier aggregation, currently in lab testing, customers can expect peak speeds of more than 200 Mbps on capable devices.

Sprint also announced that its LTE Plus Network is now running in 204 markets, including newly added markets such as New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Honolulu, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition, total Sprint LTE coverage now reaches nearly 300 million people, with approximately 70 percent covered by Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum.

http://www.sprint.com

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sprint: 2.5 GHz Footprint Now Covers 70% of LTE POPs

Sprint said its 2.5 GHz footprint has grown over the last two years and now covers approximately 70% of its LTE POPs. The company said carrier aggregation is enabling its network to outperform its competitors in major U.S. cities. Sprint believes its 2.5 GHz spectrum will be the low band spectrum of 5G. With more than 160 MHz of 2.5 spectrum on average across the top 100 U.S. markets, the company conteds that it will have more high band capacity for 5G than any other carrier in the United States.

Sprint is planning a 5G demo using millimetric band radius technology at the upcoming Copa America soccer tournament next month. The company is working with both Nokia and Ericsson to showcase 5G delivering 4K streaming content.

In its quarter and fiscal year-end financial report, Sprint posted net operating revenue of $8.1 billion for its fiscal fourth quarter, operating income of $8 million, and Adjusted EBITDA of $2.2 billion, which grew 24 percent year-over-year. The company also reported fiscal year 2015 net operating revenue of $32.2 billion, operating income of $310 million, and Adjusted EBITDA* of $8.1 billion, which grew 36 percent year-over-year.

“Fiscal 2015 was a transformational year in the turnaround of Sprint. We significantly reduced our operating expenses and stabilized operating revenues, leading to positive operating income for the first time in nine years. At the same time, we generated positive postpaid phone net additions for the first time in three years, capped off by surpassing both Verizon and AT&T for the first time on record this quarter,” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure.

Some highlights:

  • Total LTE coverage now reaches nearly 300 million people, including approximately 70 percent being covered by the 2.5 GHz spectrum deployment.
  • Total net additions were 447,000 in the fiscal fourth quarter, including postpaid net additions of 56,000, prepaid net losses of 264,000, and wholesale and affiliate net additions of 655,000.
  • For the full year, total net additions were nearly 2.7 million, including postpaid net additions of more than 1.2 million, prepaid net losses of 1.3 million, and wholesale and affiliate net additions of over 2.7 million.
  • Postpaid churn of 1.72 percent in the fiscal fourth quarter improved by 12 basis points year-over-year and was the lowest ever for a fiscal fourth quarter.
  • For the full year, postpaid churn of 1.61 percent was also the best in company history and improved by approximately 50 basis points year-over-year.
  • Sprint currently has $11 billion of committed liquidity, up from $6 billion at the end of the fiscal third quarter. The company also has an additional $1.2 billion of availability under vendor financing agreements that can be used toward the purchase of 2.5 GHz network equipment.

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