Looks like Sprint is trying to step up their game to keep up with the competitive market. According to Bloomberg, LightSquared, a mobile broadband provider, has entered in a 15 year deal with Sprint to provide high-speed wireless service for the carrier’s 4G LTE network. The two companies will share network expansion costs and equipment in order to provide Sprint’s customers with high-speed wireless service.
It was only last week that government agencies had completed tests showing that LightSquared’s 4G LTE network interferes with GPS signals and affects aircraft and automobile navigation systems and emergency response systems. Fixing these problems will probably take many years and will cost a lot of money.
It seems a bit strange that Sprint would want to partner with a company that is having so many problems, but considering sprint is a distant third among wireless carriers, the company definitely needs to do something to become more competitive. Improving its high-speed network is essential in order for sprint to keep its head above water, which is likely the reason for the company closing a deal with LightSquare. Clearwire, the company which powers Sprint’s 4G WiMax network, doesn’t have interference problems, but Sprint may have decided that they have a better chance of being competitive with a broken 4G LTE network than with a less impressive 4G WiMax network. Maybe this will be this move that helps Sprint to keep up with the competition.