Sprint Nextel said SoftBank has given it permission to obtain more information from Dish Network regarding Dish's $25.5 billion bid for Sprint. However, SoftBank's waiver does not let Sprint disclose nonpublic information or negotiate with Dish.
Charlie Ergen's Dish Network could use some financial help in its attempt to take over Sprint Nextel, and BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk is suggesting two white knights that could come to Dish's aid: Apple and Google.
New York City's subway system is slowly but surely getting expanded underground wireless coverage via a distributed antenna system (DAS) being deployed by Transit Wireless.
With its fate still uncertain, Clearwire revealed relatively sluggish first-quarter results, which are likely the company's last as an independent entity. The company also said it continues to recommend Sprint Nextel's bid to acquire Clearwire over Verizon Wireless' competing bid to acquire some of Clearwire's spectrum license leases.
BlackBerry confirmed that all four Tier 1 U.S. carriers will launch the BlackBerry Q10, the company's first BlackBerry 10-based smartphone with a Qwerty keyboard, giving the company a boost of carrier support as it seeks to regain market share in the American market.
Sprint Nextel is squarely focused on driving its Network Vision network modernization project, which includes the rollout of LTE network technology, and is not letting Dish Network and SoftBank's competing bids for the company affect the effort, according to Sprint CFO Joe Eueteneuer.
Wireline revenues for Sprint in the first quarter left a lot to desire as they declined 11 percent year-over-year to $893 million and 6 percent sequentially with sharp declines in both voice and Internet.
Sprint Nextel is shifting its focus to the future and its CDMA and LTE networks as it nears the shutdown of its Nextel iDEN network, scheduled for the middle of the year. As it has in the past several quarters, the company reported relatively strong metrics for its "Sprint platform" (CDMA and LTE) while losing subscribers from its legacy Nextel (iDEN) network.
T-Mobile USA will be able to move to LTE Advanced faster than its larger rivals because its network equipment and Radio Access Network are already capable of supporting LTE Advanced, even though it only just launched its initial LTE service earlier this month, according to a T-Mobile executive.
As questions swirl about whether Dish Network or Japan's SoftBank will control Sprint Nextel, Sprint heads into its first-quarter earnings report with the focus on more mundane matters: how many postpaid subscribers it gained or lost, how many Apple iPhones it activated in the period, and how far along it is in deploying its LTE network.