Sprint CEO & Chairman disagree about fixed LTE plans

June 7, 2014
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Last year, Sprint was taken over by SoftBank boss Masayoshi Son amid promises of radical changes. A year later and Sprint continues to lose customers and receive rather terrible network reviews.

One of Son’s biggest project has been his insistence that a merger with T-Mobile would allow Sprint to enter the home broadband market through fixed-LTE broadband space.

Yet, this week, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse stated that offering a fixed LTE service is nowhere on Sprint’s horizon. Once Sprint realized the contradictory positions of their CEO and Chairman, they issued a press release stating:

“Dan was speaking to Sprint’s short-term focus–completing our 3G and voice network rip and replace, rolling out our 4G LTE network, launching Sprint Spark, expanding the Framily platform and growing EBITDA–and how they fit with our spectrum and other assets/resources,” Sprint spokesman Scott Sloat told FierceWireless. “Masa’s remarks have been in the context of his long-term vision.”

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Sprint has a long, long way to go before they are a legitimate challenger to Verizon or AT&T. It does not help that if the Sprint & T-Mobile deal does not go through, that may be the final blow to Sprint who would then have to hand over substantial money and spectrum to T-Mobile.

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