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Sprint Awards Contract to Decommission its iDEN Network

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USA based Sprint has awarded contracts to decommission its legacy iDEN network which is due to shut down next June.

The decomissioning work has been awarded to Goodman Networks, Overland Contracting, Pyramid Network Services and WesTower Communications. Under the terms of the deals, these suppliers will negotiate lease termination agreements, restore cell site compounds and remove Sprint network equipment for re-use or recycling.

Sprint recently announced that it plans to cease service on the iDEN Nextel network as early as June 30, 2013 as it migrates customers over to its CDMA network. Tthe company expects to shut down a total of 9,600 iDEN sites before the end of the third quarter 2012.

"After a thorough RFP process, Sprint has selected the best suppliers to cost-effectively hit our milestones for site shutdown, enabling the company to exit from those locations at a minimum cost," said John Harrison, vice president-Network Supplier Performance Management. "In addition, we have taken extra care in selecting these suppliers to ensure our industry-leading green standards are maintained."

Sprint continues to facilitate migration of iDEN customers to Sprint Direct Connect service. Sprint Direct Connect. The service provides broadband data capabilities, familiar push-to-talk features, and rugged handset options. Sprint Direct Connect coverage is expected to broaden throughout 2012.

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