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Sprint Needs More Cash to Survive

Sprint recently announced that it would cut about 10% of its operating costs, saving $2 billion, part of which would be used for network build out. Chris Nolter of TheStreet reported that CEO Marcelo Claure said this will allow Sprint to revive operations without taking on more debt, selling equity or auctioning its wireless spectrum. The lack of cash is why Moody’s Investors Service cut Sprint’s credit rating in mid-September from B1 to B3.  “We’re very skeptical about their ability to stabilize their operations and turn around their performance,” said Moody’s analyst Dennis Saputo (TheStreet).


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Full Duplex Technology Would Double Cellular Capacity

By Michelle Choi, an insider at Lease Advisors

Have you ever wondered why police dispatchers hold a button on their radios to speak, and wait for a response to come through? The reason they cannot talk at the same time as the person on the other end is radio self-interference—the inability for transmission and reception to occur simultaneously on the same frequency. Also called half duplex, current 3G and 4G networks have been unable to overcome this shortcoming in network efficiency until now. Multiple efforts to develop full duplex radio are in the works in the hope that someday cellular capacity will double and radio signals will be able to coexist on the same frequency. This accomplishment would facilitate heavy data traffic, save carriers billions of dollars on spectrum licensing auctions, and potentially allow carriers and government to share spectrum without issue.


PCIA Congratulates Governor Brown for Signing Bill 57

The head of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association congratulated Governor Jerry Brown for his efforts to strengthen consumer access to wireless services by signing California Assembly Bill 57. California’s new law will alleviate delay in applications to site new wireless facilities and renew permits for existing facilities, both of which will spur economic growth and promote job creation across the state. 


Carriers to Benefit From Sprint’s Decision

The upcoming 600 MHz spectrum auction has been highly anticipated by wireless carriers, mostly because the low band is more capable of penetrating buildings and widening coverage. However, Sprint’s decision not to participate is drawing mixed reactions. Analysts are wary that Sprint’s choice to concentrate their funds on their existing network, rather expand their spectrum holdings in highly desirous low bands, represents a lack of viability for Sprint’s future. Opposing carriers are not surprised Sprint has chosen to forego the auction, since they also chose not to bid in the AWS-3 auction. Instead, they are pleased to have a large carrier opponent choose to sit on the sidelines.


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