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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.
Sprint Nextel subsidiary Boost Mobile has confirmed it is working to transfer all of its subscribers to iDEN over time. At present Boost will still support CDMA products but will no longer promote them. In an aggressive move earlier this month the MVNO, running on Sprint’s smaller Nextel network, launched a USD50 per month unlimited mobile package.
The loss-making US cellular operator Sprint Nextel has announced that it will cut its workforce by 13% as it streamlines its operations in an attempt to make annual cost savings of USD1.2 billion. The job cuts will be across all levels of the workforce and are expected to be carried out by end-March. The latest redundancies come on the back of 4,000 job cuts made last year. ‘Labour reductions are always the most difficult action to take, but many companies are finding it necessary in this environment,’ said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. Last month rival operator AT&T announced that it was axing 12,000 jobs – 4% of its workforce – in an effort to cut costs.
The largest US cellular operator by subscribers, Verizon Wireless, has launched a new femtocell product which offers customers improved mobile coverage within their home or office. The new Network Extender indoor base station, which has been produced by Samsung, will retail for just under USD250 and improves coverage over an area of up to 5,000 square feet. ‘It’s like getting a million-dollar cell site in your home for USD249.99,’ said Jack Plating, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Verizon Wireless. ‘Network Extender makes Verizon Wireless’ reliable network even more reliable, filling in nooks and crannies for customers who see the need.’ Smaller rival Sprint Nextel has already introduced its own femtocell offering, while second-placed cellco AT&T is expected to launch its own product in the near future.