The host with the most? Sprint DISHes out MSS speculation

11 Oct 2012

Sprint Nextel chief financial officer Joe Euteneuer has indicated that the company is open to hosting other operators’ spectrum on its network, and said there are no major technical limitations to hosting US satellite TV provider DISH Network’s S-band mobile satellite spectrum (MSS), by way of an example. Speaking to Fierce Wireless at the Deutsche Bank Leveraged Finance Conference, Euteneuer reiterated that Sprint’s Network Vision architecture with its multi-modal base stations makes it technically possible to host a range of different spectrum. Although Euteneuer did not specifically confirm that Sprint would host DISH, he suggested that there would be no major technical barriers to doing so.

As reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in March this year Sprint confirmed that it had officially terminated its multi-billion dollar network-sharing agreement with struggling open-access Long Term Evolution (LTE) venture LightSquared, after the controversial start-up failed to achieve the required regulatory approvals. Nevertheless, Euteneuer has stressed that spectrum hosting is still possible, noting: ‘That concept is still a viable [one]. We have the equipment that allows us to bring in different spectrum and put it in the network’. Somewhat ironically, Sprint and DISH are currently at loggerheads over DISH’s plans to launch an LTE-Advanced network using its allocation of 40MHz S-Band spectrum by 2016.