Feeds

Sprint to outsource network operations

But only for the old network

High performance access to file storage

Sprint has confirmed it will outsource the running of its US CDMA network to Ericsson, but is keeping WiMAX to itself while admitting that all its PDA-class devices will be able to fall back on Wi-Fi when all else fails.

The outsourcing agreement involves transferring 6,000 staff to Ericsson, who will take responsibility for the day-to-day running of Sprint's CDMA, iDEN and wired networks for the next seven years - at a cost slightly south of $5bn - while Sprint tries to migrate the users onto its WiMAX network.

Sprint retains ownership of all the base stations, and the operating frequencies, and still gets to select technology and vendors - though selecting Ericsson kit will obviously be encouraged.

The 6,000 employees will be based out of Overland Park, Kansas, and both companies have stressed that they'll be no forced redundancies as a result of the deal.

Sprint's WiMAX offering is also not managed in house: it's run by Clearwire. Sprint is a significant investor in Clearwire, but the arrangement spares the company the complexity of running a network while trying to concentrate on selling stuff to punters.

But despite the commitment to WiMAX Sprint still reckons that Wi-Fi is a critical component of modern telephony, with their business product marketing director admitting that "It is now a requirement for all our PDA equipment suppliers to include WiFi", as reported by Fierce Wireless.

Outsourcing the running of the network makes quite a bit of sense, Ericsson knows a lot about how to run networks and such deals are well known outside the USA, but it does beg the question of what to call Spring and its ilk when they can no longer be considered "network operators" as such. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet
Maria Miller finally resigns over expenses row
Skype pimps pro-level broadcast service
Playing Cat and Mouse with the media
EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app
Bug quietly slurps PAYG credit - yet EE denies it exists
Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network
Says anything's possible if regulators approve merger with Time Warner
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app
Jibber-jabbering addicts turfed out just as Zuck warned
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.