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Sprint partners with various vendors to decommission 9,600 iDEN towers before Q3 2012

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Sprint partners with various vendors to decommission 9,600 iDEN towers before Q3 2012
By now, we’re all familiar with Sprint’s intentions to shutter its iDEN network, as most recently, it was announced that iDEN based phones wouldn’t be sold in stores or online anymore. Instead, the Now Network is relying on its CDMA-based Direct Connect service to offer its customers push-to-talk capabilities with select devices.

In order to meet that June 30, 2013 date of when Sprint intends to close out its entire iDEN network, we’re hearing word now that a total of 9.600 iDEN towers are going to be decommissioned. In fact, Sprint announced today that they’ve made an agreement with Goodman Networks, Overland Contracting, Pyramid Network Services LLC, and WesTower Communications to decommission those iDEN towers for re-use or recycling.

As it currently stands, Sprint hopes to have to have those 9,600 iDEN sites to be out of service before the end of the third quarter of 2012. During that time, obviously, they’ll be doing whatever they can to “facilitate migration of iDEN customers to Sprint Direct Connect service.”

John Harrison, vice president-Network Supplier Performance Management, said, “After a thorough RFP process, Sprint has selected the best suppliers to cost-effectively hit our milestones for site shutdown, enabling the company to exit from those locations at a minimum cost. In addition, we have taken extra care in selecting these suppliers to ensure our industry-leading green standards are maintained.

source: Sprint

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posted on 12 Jun 2012, 20:55 1

1. lsutigers (Posts: 817; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

I believe this is only a third or a quarter of iDEN cell sites in commission today, so there is still a lot of work to be done. Either way, this is a good move for Sprint to get rid of the overhead of operating an inefficient 2G PTT network and re-invest resources into next-gen technology / Network Vision 1xRTT Advanced Voice, 3G Advanced, 4G LTE 1900 & 800, HD Voice and VoLTE groundwork.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 22:01 1

2. fanesxx (Posts: 74; Member since: 19 May 2011)

iDen get down, LTE get up

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 16:49

3. alan_1230 (Posts: 81; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)

It says in sprint website that Lte should be launched in mid 2012 it's already June ! Waiting patiently :(

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