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Altice USA to Launch MVNO Service Under Sprint's Network

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It looks like Sprint is quickly moving on from its failed T-Mobile merger. Just a day after the two companies put an end to its merger talks, the telecommunications company has made headlines after it announced a new MVNO agreement with Altice USA.

According to the announcement, the cable operator will be launching an MVNO on Sprint's network. In addition to allowing Altice USA to provide mobile, voice, and data services to its customers, the agreement will allow Sprint to use the cable operator's broadband platform to speed up the densification of its own network. That could mean that Sprint customers would have access to Altice's Optimum WiFi hotspots throughout the Northeast. Sprint could also use the cable operator's infrastructure in 21 states to provide backhaul to towers and small cells,  instead of relying on its Magic Box micro-cells in its customers' windows.

Altice could very well be the best solution for Sprint at this time, in order for it to succeed as an independent business. With these cable lines, it can get the small cells in the locations it needs to fill its 4G network and even put a start to its 5G system.

In line with the announcement, SoftBank reaffirmed its commitment in the US market. The Japan-based company has announced that it will be increasing its stake in Sprint by up to 85 percent, depending on "market conditions." Currently, the company owns an 82 percent stake in the telecommunications company.

As of this writing, there is no timeline yet on when Altice USA will be launching its MVNO service but we could expect that to happen in the coming months.


Source: SprintMobileWorldLive

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  1. DOA. The dying zombie just won’t stop. SMH.

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  2. Not merging with T-Mobile is the biggest mistake Masayoshi Son has done. Sprint stock will drop to the $2-$3 a share in the very near future.

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  3. Altice who? Never heard of them!

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  4. More competition is great, looking forward to Sprint shaking up the industry. TMobile has basically gone re-carrier. ATT/Verizon at least accepted the reality of unlimited data. I'm using Xfinity Mobile, its the cheapest wireless service has been in a decade.

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    1. T-Mobile only got powerful because it doubled its coverage. There's no indication that Sprint will ever expand beyond its tiny distant 4th-place footprint, so it has no chance of shaking up the industry. Because most people can't use it in most places, and 40+ states lack good Sprint coverage.

      I'm glad T-Mobile has become a "carrier" and thus a third viable nationwide option.

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  5. The Altice announcement was pushed up to soften the failed merger news and reassure investors Sprint still has value.

    Softbank struck it rich on one IPO. They have not had success in any other investment. Marcello has no clue. They should bring Dan back.

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  6. Altice of US, pray, has the same DNA to shake the market here just as it did in France.

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    1. It can't if it is stuck on Sprint with its poor coverage footprint.

      It might shake up other bad-network MVNO's but no one else.

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  7. Sprint stock price down significantly. Alice deal is small. Verizon stock down $2/share; they are 85% dependent on mobile revenue and have the most additional profit risk since the merger failed. AT&T is next, but they are only 55% dependent on wireless revenue now with their big buys.
    Big 2 Tower company stocks increased $7/share. They are the big winners.
    T-Mobile will try for another partner, like DISH to get the scale it needs to really grow.
    S: Fierce Wireless

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  8. This deal looks like a great value for a minority of Americans in 42% of the country, even if every other network will still have better coverage.

    After all, most Americans don't need LTE speeds above 356kbps.

    We all did fine 30 years ago without any sort of usable LTE, and advancements in social and economic infrastructures that revolve around high speed mobile internet probably won't stop Altice from becoming a highly successful MVNO.

    Things are really looking up for Sprint.

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  9. This is the greatest thing to happen to Sprint since they partnered will Radio Shack! Go Sprint!

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  10. Sprint is transforming itself into an iPhone-only, Altice-only, stupid-marketing-only company.

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  11. If they can bring Charter which has bigger footprint, into the mix as well things might turn around.

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