Sprint to Close Down its Legacy WiMAX Network
Published on: 8th Apr 2014
USA based Sprint has announced that it will be closing down the legacy WiMAX network it acquired from Clearwire by the end of next year.
Sprint was always the dominant shareholder in Clearwire, but as part of its own takeover by Japan's Softbank bought out the other Clearwire shareholders, giving it control over the radio spectrum, and the legacy network infrastructure.
In a stock market filing, the company said that at the time of the acquisition, Clearwire had deployed WiMAX technology on approximately 17,000 cell towers and was in the process of deploying LTE technology using the 2.5GHz spectrum on approximately 5,000 of these sites, which has now been completed.
Sprint said that it plans to expand the 2.5GHz LTE deployment to approximately 5,000 more legacy Clearwire sites, and then cease offering WiMAX services.
The company also expects to be able to decommission around 6,000 base stations left over from the WiMAX network.
Sprint expects that the majority of the efforts to roll out 4G LTE on its 800MHz and 2.5GHz spectrum bands to be completed by the end of 2015.