Sprint: We need more money to finish building our WiMAX network and may let T-Mobile invest in us

Sprint, who owns 54% of Clearwire, is having problems finding the money to finish building their WiMAX network and are thinking of letting T-Mobile become a partner according to The Wall Street Journal. It doesn’t help that Sprint’s current 4G strategy is to offer a technology that no one really wants, and then admit that they’re going to start testing, and potentially rolling out, the more internationally accepted LTE.

T-Mobile doesn’t have enough spectrum to roll out their own 4G network, but they don’t need to since they’re offering 21 Mbps HSPA+ now and plan on doubling that in 2011. When they [T-Mobile] advertise their network, the phrase “4G speeds” is used repeatedly. Considering Clearwire offers bursts of 10 Mbps and an average of 3 to 5 Mbps, and Verizon is promising that their LTE network will only deliver 5 to 12 Mbps, T-Mobile isn’t exactly lying. And that’s a good thing.

Does a merger between the two operators make sense? It’s been hinted at for years now, that America’s 3rd and 4th largest operators should join forces to take on Verizon and AT&T, but technology speaking … merging the two would be a nightmare. When Sprint purchased Nextel just so they could offer customers the option of having a walkie-talkie, as retarded as that sounds, merging their 2 networks proved so disastrous that Bloomberg has called it one of the worst business decisions in recent history.

If Canada’s Telus and Bell can switch from CDMA to GSM and agree to cooperate on a future LTE network, then why can’t T-Mobile and Sprint set aside their differences and get together? Of course there’s also LightSquared, the LTE network that’s just a scribble on the back of a bar napkin. T-Mobile could negotiate a deal with them, but that would be extremely risky.

All we know is that Sprint’s in a pickle, and T-Mobile, who was America’s last operator to roll out 3G, is now all of a sudden in the best position to lead the nation in terms of mobile broadband. The tables have indeed turned.

[Via: Phone Scoop]

  • Kobe Wadsworth

    This is interesting news, Sprint has made all the right moves with there network infrastructure in the 4G space.
    With there partnersnip’s, Clear, Comcast, Time Warner, as well as many others. This is building a future proof network that has the other telcos a little nervous, look at the redundency that has been established, this network will not face the issues that have plagued at&t for instence, with network congestion.

    Clear is launching there first 4G phone, driving technology standards like the coexistance of Wimax, and LTE.
    Letting Comcast in the 4G space was a smart move, as comcast will have a super tuff model, who can offer home phone, mobile phone, mobile Internet, home Internet, TV at home, mobile TV, and when your home your 4G device will hand off to the home network, that will have speeds of 50 mbps. this is good for Sprint and Clear, as this will take the home user off there wireless service, keeping network congestion at a minimum.

    I think if this partnership with t-mobile goes forward, Sprint will have made the final move in this game of wireless chess, with a network that will have more redundncy than any player in the wireless space, for years to come.

    Technology is moving fast, and Sprint is staying in front of the curve, with there business decisions, from the past, and for the future.

  • Matthew Mills

    hey this is on sprint.com news site,

    Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced that customers in Boston, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Providence, R.I., will experience the power of 4G. Starting today, wireless customers and business users can experience faster mobile downloads, streaming video with minimal lag, and turbo-charged Web browsing – all on the first wireless 4G network from a national carrier.

    do you guys have a contact us or email that we could email you rumors or stories, cause this is interesting news i think, i am in boston and have been waiting for 4G for a while

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