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  1. RedSpark

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Sprint is in big trouble—and knows it Among Sprint’s challenges: Sprint continues to lose customers “despite Sprint’s aggressive attempts to add subscribers and thereby gain... Scale,” which is “exacerbating its scale disadvantages compared to larger competitors.” Sprint’s LTE network is smaller than those of its rivals, forcing it to engage in “costly” roaming agreements. Within Sprint’s network footprint, “the propagation limitations of its 2.5 GHz spectrum, coupled with an inadequate density of cell sites equipped with 2.5 GHz radios, result in significant coverage gaps in the 2.5 GHz layer.” Sprint is only going to deploy 5G on its 2.5 GHz spectrum, and only in dense urban areas, because it doesn’t have enough low-band spectrum for 5G and because it will be too expensive to deploy 5G on its 2.5 GHz spectrum nationwide. Moreover, Sprint is going to deploy massive MIMO—the carrier’s stepping stone to 5G—in areas that are currently congested, meaning that its 5G network “will not be contiguous.” Sprint continues to suffer from a “negative perception” of its network among Americans—“in fact, Sprint is the only major carrier with a rising churn rate.” Sprint’s finances are challenged, to say the least. “Sprint’s service revenue and ARPU have been declining for at least five years, with total service revenue falling around 25 percent from 2013 to 2018, and postpaid ARPU falling approximately 30 percent. Sprint also has a current net debt of approximately $32 billion and is the most highly leveraged company in the S&P 500,” the carrier wrote. Reading this list was really depressing...
  2. RedSpark

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Marcelo’s Blog Post: Why Sprint + T-Mobile = Great for Competitiveness, Consumers and Jobs
  3. Anyone going or nearby? What are the specs on that COW?
  4. New Promotion starting Friday (tomorrow): http://newsroom.sprint.com/best-time-to-switch-to-sprint-ever-try-sprints-great-network-get-unlimited-for-15-per-month-per-line.htm USA Today: Sprint's new $15 per month unlimited offer hopes to lure in switchers CNET’s take: https://www.cnet.com/news/sprint-gets-even-cheaper-with-promotional-15-unlimited-data-plan/
  5. I guess we’ll see what a “substantial majority” means when April 2019 rolls around? Is the rate of these upgrades that are happening limited by available capex funds, by available equipment and/or by available crews/climbers to do the work?
  6. http://newsroom.sprint.com/triband-upgrades.htm According to Sprint’s Head of Network Deployment & Operations: “We now have 2.5 GHz deployed on roughly 60% of our macro sites and expect to complete the substantial majority of our tri-band upgrades by the end of fiscal 2018.”
  7. 800 MHz Rebanding Monthly Update: https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10601118730202/800 MHz Monthly Report for June 2018.pdf Slowly but surely....
  8. Curious what we hear from him going forward, and I do like that he wants to hear from us as well.
  9. Changes happening... Time to follow someone else on Twitter!: https://twitter.com/MichelCombes
  10. What’s Charlie up to here?: https://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/ergen-goes-to-washington-to-pitch-5g-plans
  11. RedSpark

    Sprint Tmobile merger Disc.

    Interesting survey results by HarrisX: News Article: 22% of Americans support Sprint/T-Mobile merger, 59% on the fence Company Blog Post: http://harrisx.com/2018/05/us-consumers-open-to-tmobile-sprint-merger/ Full Survey Results: http://harrisx.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/HXO002-TMobile-Sprint-Merger-05.20.18-vFinal.pdf