Court Allows Sprint WiMax Shutdown To Complete
Sprint WiMAX shutdown, that’s been delayed due to court orders for another 90 days, can now be completed. A Massachusetts court has permitted Sprint to move on with shutting down the remaining 80 cities. The shutdown will proceed in phases. WiMax network in New York and other 15 cities have closed yesterday, on February 2; another 39 cities will be closed on February 29 and the remaining 25 cities will be left for closing on March 31, 2016.
These 80 cities have been left out of initial WiMax shutdown as two nonprofit organizations, Mobile Citizens and Mobile Beacon, have convinced the court that their wholesale agreements made with Clearwire (before Sprint had acquired it) were violated. Data speeds that they were offered when transferring from WiMax (agreed with Clearwire before Sprint has acquired it) to Sprint’s LTE were significantly reduced. Therefore, they have sued Sprint and gained additional 90 days to move their customers to LTE. Mobile Citizens and Mobile Beacon provide internet service to schools, libraries and other nonprofits.
“This request is a positive step forward for everyone involved. We’ve made great strides in our effort to migrate our users to Sprint’s LTE network, but there’s still more work to do,” said Katherine Messier, founder and managing director of Mobile Beacon. “This extension will enable us to ensure that the students, seniors, disabled, and other vulnerable populations who rely on our service keep their broadband access. We’re not going to stop until we’ve given every last person the chance to make the switch to LTE.”
Now that Massachusetts court has lifted an injunction and Sprint can proceed with WiMax shutdown, the carrier will finally be able to refarm the WiMax spectrum for LTE.
Originally, Sprint scheduled the completely WiMax network shutdown for November 6, 2015.
Source: Fierce Wireless