Sprint to overhaul network in an attempt to save up to $2 billion in overhead
posted by Alan F. / Jan 16, 2016, 4:38 PM
The last few years have been difficult for Sprint. Building out its 4G LTE network led to a lot of connectivity issues for customers. Many of them decided to leave for a more reliable network. As that was happening, T-Mobile started offering initiatives that helped it leapfrog Sprint to become the third largest carrier in the nation.
Speaking of Sprint's rivals, the company wants to stop paying Verizon and AT&T the $1 billion it hands over to them every year for backhaul. By switching to a microwave connection, Sprint won't be contributing as much to the financial strength of the competition.
To save money, CEO Maurice Claure is planning to announce a number of layoffs before the end of the month. That is when a favorable severance package ends. There is some speculation that the cuts will be unveiled on January 22nd.
Claure says that Sprint will have one of the top two networks in 80% of the top 100 markets in two-year's time. The carrier says that it has the necessary spectrum to make this happen, and is staying away from this year's auction of low frequency spectrum. Skipping the auction will also help save it money
At the end of the day, Sprint hopes that by cutting costs it can staunch the flow of red ink and start producing profits.
source: Re/code via FierceWireless
If you want to save money CEO why don't you go ahead and cut your own damn salary by 20 million there for you can keep about 20 million to 40 million people working for you but that same cost how are you justify firing people and get getting paid so much money I mean these are people that have families to take care of and nice greeting motherfers are taking all of the money and doing nothing
posted on Jan 16, 2016, 5:15 PM 6
sorry looks like my voice to text got as mad as i and lost its train of thought
posted on Jan 16, 2016, 6:53 PM 1
Do you even read what you wrote before posting? Do you have any idea how dumb you always sound? First off, Sprint doesn't have anywhere near 20 million employees. Secondly, if it did, & the CEO cut his salary by $20 million, he would only be able to pay them all an additional $1 per year. Think before you speak...if you're capable of it.
posted on Jan 17, 2016, 1:44 PM 0
Make a better network and switch over to GSM and maybe, just maybe Sprint can stop bleeding ink. Right now they're the Blackberry of the carrier world and would need someone like Chen to turn things around.
posted on Jan 16, 2016, 5:16 PM 0
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Allow gsm phones on your network so people will have the freedom to use any device they want
posted on Jan 16, 2016, 5:52 PM 0
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They don't use GSM technology.
posted on Jan 17, 2016, 3:14 AM 1
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LTE does not use GSM. LTE is GSM "based": in terms of how it works, but uses a different radio interface all together. It's a standard for wireless communications for Legacy UMTS/HSPA and CDMA2000 Networks, but is not compatible with the former.
posted on Jan 18, 2016, 12:09 PM 1
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Their problem is building penetration, the should bid for some lower spectrum. These guys don't have a clue on what there customers wants!!
posted on Jan 17, 2016, 1:10 AM 1
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jesus christ, its not hard to look at ur whole network and see all the issues. first off if sprint is going be using LTE/LTE-A for VOLTE then why not just focus on building out ur LTE, fold all bands (shut down 1x and CDMA) into LTE-A...why continue to build NEW CDMA/1x areas if ur just going to shut them down later to be used for VOLTE? just do everything VOLTE now THEN u can say in 2 years sprint will be doing better...i understand theres alot of CDMA users but if sprint wants to live this is what they are going have to do....they already have 3 LTE bands that are up and running now in which they can use to switch people over to
posted on Jan 17, 2016, 8:56 AM 0
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1) they aren't using VOLTE yet 2) Their tower configurations have dynamic frequencies, no reason they should discontinue support for CDMA if their tower can handle that and LTE at the same time.
posted on Jan 18, 2016, 3:33 PM 0
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Sprint needs to rollover and die already. As a former Sprint customer, I have all the authority to say that I hate Sprint, Sprint sucks big time, Sprint customer service is terrible, Sprint's coverage is terrible, Sprint's network speeds are like dial-up from 1995, and Sprint's pricing plans aren't even competitive considering how slow and spotty their service is.
posted on Jan 17, 2016, 4:15 PM 0
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