Sprint offloads 900MHz spectrum to former Nextel co-founders

19 Sep 2014

Mobile workforce communications provider Pacific DataVision, which is led by former Nextel Communications co-founders Morgan O’Brien and Brian McAuley, has acquired all of Sprint Corp’s 900MHz licences, giving it 6MHz of bandwidth nationwide for use in a push-to-talk (PTT) radio network. According to Fierce Wireless, Pacific DataVision intends to use an unspecified Motorola Solutions’ digital radio technology – not iDEN as Nextel used – for its PTT network, which should launch in initial markets before the second quarter of 2015. Pacific DataVision will initially target small- to medium-size businesses and look to serve critical infrastructure companies. Pacific DataVision is also seeking FCC permission to launch a wireless broadband offering using its newly acquired spectrum. McAuley serves as Pacific DataVision’s chairman, while O’Brien is the vice chairman and has the responsibility for the company’s spectrum strategies.

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