Sprint open to network-sharing deals, has big plans for Clearwire spectrum

|About: Sprint Corporation (S)|By:, SA News Editor

"I think we're still open to look at opportunities that make sense for both sides," says Sprint (S +0.9%) CFO Joe Euteneuer at a Goldman conference talk, responding to a question about whether Sprint is willing to do a network-sharing deal involving 3rd-party spectrum.

Dish (DISH +0.2%), which has a large chunk of 4G spectrum and hasn't decided yet what to do with it, reportedly held talks with Sprint at one point about a network-sharing deal. But deal speculation has died down in recent months, following Dish's failed attempts to wrest Sprint/Clearwire from SoftBank (SFTBF.PK).

Euteneuer also reiterated Sprint plans to have its 4G LTE network cover 200M people by year's end, and says the #3 U.S. carrier will use Clearwire's 2.5GHz. 4G TD-LTE spectrum (good for urban areas) at all of its 38K planned LTE cell sites. He adds the Clearwire spectrum gives Sprint "a lot more runway" to support its unlimited data plans (now guaranteed for life).

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