Sprint given a year to close some Nextel iDEN networks

February 9, 2009 at 19:14 1 comment

The US cellular operator Sprint Nextel has been given twelve months to shut down its Nextel iDEN networks in territories served by affiliate operator iPCS. Sprint and iPCS have been arguing for years over the future of the iDEN mobile data networks; iPCS says the systems contravene the affiliate agreement it has with Sprint which says the larger firm cannot compete with iPCS in its exclusive service areas. iPCS has won a number of court decisions over the past two years, but the latest final order by an Illinois Circuit Court means Sprint has no choice but to close down or sell the offending systems. Sprint and iPCS are also arguing over Sprint’s WiMAX wireless broadband networks, which the affiliate claims also breaks their exclusivity agreement.

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  • 1. Danny Poetra  |  February 26, 2010 at 23:14

    Hopefully this problem can be quickly resolved by the parties concerned to deal with

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