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Nextel shutdown illustrates how consumerization is beginning to dominate wireless

  • TC2 Blog
  • 5/31/2012
  • David Rohde

Earlier this week Sprint announced that it will shut down the Nextel iDen network as early as June 30, 2013. It’s hardly a panic-worthy development – Sprint has been telling major customers for a while that the shut-off would happen sometime in 2013. Sprint also has been upgrading in-building antenna systems, and it says that Nextel customers will get “favorable” offers to move to its newer CDMA-based Sprint Direct Connect service.

But the timing of the public announcement of the end of iDen can’t be separated from a key FCC decision last week, one which opens up the 800 MHz band in question for 4G LTE.