Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Sprint May Win The Communications Marathon

An interesting story with huge ramifications for Sprint and the mobile industry.

The Department of Defense, working with the FCC, DHS, the President, and Congress has brokered a framework agreement to purchase Sprint Nextel's iDEN network as the first phase of a national overhaul of its security framework in regards to communication.

Here's Sprint's master plan:

Sprint intends to deploy a national, non-fixed WiMax network with as much, if not more coverage than the existing CDMA network

This will enable Sprint to not only be a national ISP, but to remove common conceptions of fixed ISP

This move makes the recent news of a Sprint co-branding wireless deal with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Cox slightly more interesting. The deal would give Sprint priority access to Wimax spectrum, letting those three cable giants offer re-branded Wimax to better compete with baby Bell Wimax offerings.

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