Claure also shared that important parts of the overall plan included cost-cutting efforts, strategic network deployment, and continued expansion of the mobile operator’s spectrum portfolio. While the company’s ongoing cost-cutting plans have taken $3.5 billion out of its operations since last year, the Sprint CEO has claimed that the wireless carrier is starting to show some real growth, while at the same time, achieving some critical improvements in network performance.
With regards to network performance enhancements, Claure credits densification as the key for Sprint, not only in improving the quality overall, but also in laying the foundation for 5G. Without divulging details, he also hinted that Sprint has taken full advantage of a combination of wireless and fiber backhaul in rolling out tens of thousands of small cells on public utility poles. Moreover, Claure stated that the company has also deployed macro cells, femto cells, and a mixture of various structures.
Claure believes that Sprint’s competitive advantage lies in how it is deploying its network. In this talk, he pointed out that while rival carriers are spending billions of dollars in boosting their network infrastructure, Sprint is taking a more tactical approach that is quicker and more cost-effective.