Sprint given extra time for Nextel shut-down

17 Nov 2008

Sprint Nextel has been told it now has just under a year to close down its iDEN mobile data networks in 81 markets where affiliate operator iPCS offers cellular services. A court in Illinois last week blocked an attempt by Sprint to overturn the initial ruling from September 2006 which ordered Sprint to close down its iDEN systems in iPCS territories. There was some good news for Sprint, however; the deadline to comply with the shut-down order has been doubled in length to 360 days. iPCS CEO Timothy Yager said: ‘We look forward to Sprint’s compliance with the trial court’s order and are encouraged that the Illinois courts continue to share our view of the protections afforded by our agreements with Sprint.’