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    "Sprint's new plan: Network Suicide"

    Brutal article but interesting points for discussion!

    http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/3...41/a32ec9836d/

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    "after talking to vendors, technologists and network planners for the past week, we spoke to no one (and I mean nobody) who believes this is a good idea"

    Clearly they didn't ask Jalan.

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    Looks like the Sprint network is shrinking not growing?

    "Some macrocells on the edge of the network (exactly where is unknown) will be decommissioned and not replaced since it appears the current traffic load does not warrant a cell in that location. *Sprint appears to be relying on roaming partners in these areas for continued coverage."

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    Are you seriously just here talking to yourself?? Seeing has sprint hasnt said what their plans are....how can anyone be taken seriously by saying they wont work....but i guess without speculation all these people would be unemployed and you wouldnt be able to carry conversations with yourself carry on.

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    Did you read the article?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YCGrad View Post
    Did you read the article?
    Yes. It clearly says they reached out to sprint and sprint says they will talk during the earnings call. Nobody knows what their plans are. So how would someone know if a plan that nobody knows what it actually is...would work or not? Without verification of what the plan actually is....is an article based on speculation. The quotes that are quoted are....say it with me....speculation....

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    "Sprint's new plan: Network Suicide"

    Quote Originally Posted by YCGrad View Post
    Did you read the article?
    Exactly. The fact that something hasn't been announced doesn't mean it hasn't happened. The vendors know exactly what's going on before PR gets the memo.


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    Wow. That's a devastating article. If it's true... this plan will be a make or break moment for Sprint. "Network Impaired Vision" is what I'm calling the new plan. Haha.

    In the end Sprint customers (like all customers) want a network that performs well and offers the newest features (such as VoLTE). If this plan disrupts the network, I'm not certain that subscribers will remain around very long. If they can do this conversion without disruptions and it actually improves the network... then that would be an accomplishment. However, from this article... it doesn't sound like there are many benefits and there seems to be lots of pitfalls, at least in the short term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p6B5Nm5b View Post
    Brutal article but interesting points for discussion!

    http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/3...41/a32ec9836d/

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    There is nothing worth discussing until Sprint makes an announcement during their network earnings call. You're using a link to a "source" whose name iGr doesn't even register a hit on google. That's like saying my Aunt Mary says she heard Mabel telling Tom down by the school yard that she saw Maryellen........ Want to shed some light on this wonderful source you're referencing? Because as far as I could tell, they're no more reliable than Aunt Mary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p6B5Nm5b View Post
    Brutal article but interesting points for discussion!

    http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/3...41/a32ec9836d/

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    This article is a year old...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by montero1dfw View Post
    This article is a year old...........
    Good catch, plus it's really not even an article from what I read.

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    Edit: wrong forum.

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    "Sprint's new plan: Network Suicide"

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam73065 View Post
    Good catch, plus it's really not even an article from what I read.
    I actually don't think it's a year old. I think it's just some poorly written piece by an analyst and he typed the wrong date.


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    Recode: Sprint's removing macro sites from existing towers.

    iGR: Sprint's removing macro sites from existing towers but really, Sprint can't remove existing macro sites from existing towers because they have long term leases. Therefore, that's a really bad Sprint plan.

    Did any of these geniuses stop and say "it doesn't seem like that story is true?"

    Even Recode published a new story today where Ina Fried is backing off the macro site relocation theory.

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    I've seen this done before in a 2G sort of way with Qwest Wireless in the late 90's... And it wasn't bad. Qwest launched a PCS CDMA network using compact Ericsson equipment and 100-ish foot monopoles... Lots of them.

    You ended up with a network that didn't have the wide reach of the others (Sprints own network was half as dense but twice as wide) - - but when you were in the coverage area it was great.

    In fact Sprint assumed the Qwest network in 2004 - - there's a reason why some of Sprint's best markets are former Qwest markets... Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, Denver. You can always tell when a Sprint site is an old Qwest site--fairly short monopole, antennas packed fairly tight at the top, usually the only carrier on it.

    Honestly if they can do what Qwest did but on a nationwide scale, it is EXACTLY what they need for 2.5 to be successful. With 2.5 you can't do the 'one big tower on the hill' thing - - the signal is too thing - - you need the 12 little towers scattered around the city at the base of the hill.

    The big thing is to do this RIGHT it needs to be in addition to their existing network, then and only once it won't cause a disruption can they switch over to it... Also I can't see how a bunch of smaller sites are any cheaper than fewer large sites.

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