Sprint shutting down iDEN services in 2013, paves the way for broad LTE coverage

Within a year, Sprint plans to sunset its iDEN Nextel National Network, and roll it into Sprint Direct Connect. Sprint will notify and transition its customers on the legacy network. The wireless carrier seeks to shutter the iDEN Nextel National Network as early as June 30, 2013. On June 1, 2012, Sprint will send written notices to business and government customers to let them know of the planned shutdown of the iDEN Nextel National Network. Businesses will be asked to transition to the Sprint Direct Connect, a push-to-talk service that operates on Sprint's 3G CSMA network. While customers will, by default, switch to a 3G network, the move away from the legacy 2G network is a step toward Sprint's building of its 4G LTE technology network. The closure of its 2G network means the end of Nextel's services, a company Sprint acquired in 2004 for a reported $35 billion. The merger started a troubled time for Sprint, and the move toward 4G LTE technology networks is likely a bid to move to a better time for the c

Sprint shutting down iDEN services in 2013, paves the way for broad LTE coverage

The approval for 3G/4G over iDEN spectrum from the FCC last week was the last step needed for Sprint to begin shutdown of Nextel's iDEN network. Now, Sprint has announced it will be shut down ...

Tue 29 May 12 from Extremetech

Sprint: $1B in Ericsson Gear

Sprint has announced a new $1 billion credit agreement that will be used purchase equipment from Ericsson for the carrier’s Network Vision project. Deutsche Bank leads the group of banks ...

Tue 29 May 12 from dailywireless.org

Sprint's Aging iDEN Network Could Go Dark As Soon As June 2013

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has been planning to kill off the carrier's aging iDEN network since 2010, but now Sprint has finally delivered a date for iDEN's demise. The carrier has just announced ...

Tue 29 May 12 from TechCrunch

FCC approves spectrum changes for Sprint and hospitals

The Commission issued new rules, trying to make spectrum use more efficient.

Sat 26 May 12 from Arstechnica

A win for Sprint: FCC approves 3G and 4G on iDEN spectrum

The FCC has just approved an order allowing Sprint to deploy 3G and 4G on ESMR 800. But why is this important for Sprint and how will it help Sprint subscribers?

Fri 25 May 12 from Extremetech

Sprint Sets End Date For 2G NEXTEL Network

Within a year, Sprint plans to sunset its iDEN Nextel National Network, and roll it into Sprint Direct Connect. Sprint will notify and transition its customers on the legacy network. The wireless ...

Wed 30 May 12 from RedOrbit

FCC Spectrum Changes To Benefit Sprint, Hospitals

Spectrum changes approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) late last week open the door for Sprint to launch an LTE service and provide hospitals with a way to wirelessly monitor ...

Mon 28 May 12 from RedOrbit

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