), the third largest telecom operator in the U.S. has decided to
wrap up its WiMax operation by the end of 2015. In 2013, Sprint
entered into the WiMax business after its acquisition of WiMax
wholesaler Clearwire. However, Sprint itself was taken over by
Japanese telecom giant, Softbank by the end of 2013. Currently,
Sprint has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Clearwire installed 17,000 wireless towers for deploying WiMax
technology. Out of this, the company deployed 4G LTE (Long Term
Evolution) technology on 5,000 wireless towers using 2.5 GHz
spectrum. Sprint has decided to deploy LTE network on another
5,000 wireless towers using the same spectrum. However, Sprint
may sell out approximately 6,000 cell towers of Clearwire, which
have become redundant.
In the fourth quarter of 2013, Sprint launched a new project
called "Sprint Spark", which incorporates the company's 800MHz,
1.9GHz and 2.5GHz spectrum, together with devices offering
tri-band capability and high-definition voice.
Under Sprint Spark, the company also offers 10 triband LTE
capable devices, which include updated Samsung Galaxy 4, Samsung
Galaxy MEGA, HTC One max, LG G Flex and NETGEAR Zing Mobile
Hotspot. The company expects to complete LTE roll out by the end
The much hyped next-generation (4G) technology of WiMAX lost
ground to the alternative technology LTE. The WiMAX field is
getting less crowded day by day. LTE is clearly ahead in the race
as the most sought after 4G wireless network standard in the
market. In the U.S.,
Verizon Communications Inc.
) are significantly expanding their respective LTE networks.
T-Mobile USA Inc.
) also plans to follow the same.
LTE offers several advantages over other 4G techniques
like WiMAX, Ultra Mobile Broadband (upgrade of CDMA EV-DO) and
Multi-input Multi-output (MIMO) Wireless LAN. This includes
improvement in spectral efficiency, lower costs, and solid
integration with other open wireless standards. These are the
primary reasons compelling telecom service providers to switch to
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