Sprint's LTE network already open to MVNOs

Sprint's LTE network already open to MVNOs
MVNOs, mobile virtual network operators, have long been a big part of Sprint's business plan, and it doesn't look like that plan is changing with Sprint's newly launched LTE network. In fact, a new plan makes it even easier for companies to join up with Sprint as an MVNO. MVNOs are essentially spectrum renters who don't own their own networks, but license the use of carrier networks and offer it to customers at a reduced rate. Some of the biggest names in the MVNO world are Boost Mobile, Tracfone, and Ting, where Boost Mobile and Ting both use the Sprint network. 

In order to encourage more MVNOs to join the Sprint team, Sprint has announced the new Single Source Enablement package, which will be huge for MVNOs, because companies like Ting would only have to focus on marketing and acquiring customers, and Sprint will take care of everything else like "systems, processes, customer care, online Web enablement, and the warehousing and distribution of devices." And, best of all, this applies to both Sprint's CDMA network and its fledgling LTE network, which has a small footprint now, but will certainly grow. 

Of course, for MVNOs that want more control there are still the Standard and Joint Enablement models available through Sprint, but this new offering could be a good way for startups to gain some traction by focusing solely on building a subscriber base. 

source: Sprint via The Verge



1. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011


2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

wonder how long till they start slowing down the network for sprint customers like on the 3g network..

3. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Boost mobile is owned by sprint so they are not really part of the MVO, metropcs roam on Sprint so they are more like the MVO model

4. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

One thing to keep in mind is that Sprint's Network Vision architecture was designed to be flexible with multi-mode equipment to support other operators who want to host their network on Sprint's infrastructure. Also, their network was over engineered to support MVNO's with plenty bandwidth and capacity. Sprint also has the broadest spectrum portfolio in the industry to increase capacity as needed.

5. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

There goes Sprint, whoring itself out to everyone.

6. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

IDK if this is a dumb Idea or not but, could sprint cell like LTE routers that you can hook up to your very own fiberoptic network but make this router have like the range of a football field or greater? Tell me what you all think.

7. ImHungry

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

i think sprint ruined its 3g this way. and now they want to do it to LTE. why sprint, why?

8. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Read my post above. Although that's a small reason why Sprint's network slowed down (it was mainly due to the iPhone and explosion of smartphones in general), Sprint's newly upgraded networks will be able to support it this time around. Also, keep in mind that Sprint is a huge provider to Corporate / Enterprise and Government customers who use mobile broadband data cards and hotspots, that also, contributed to the capacity issues. On a positive note, my market is currently being upgraded to Network Vision and 3G has already improved drastically, today I did some speed tests and got between 1.8 - 2.4 mbps. I can't wait until they turn on LTE / HD Voice.

9. deathyyy

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Which market are you in, if you don't mind me asking?

11. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009


10. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

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