Sprint’s WiMAX network, once launched to compete with budding 4G services from other carriers, is finally going to be put to rest. According to a form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Sprint will shutter its aging WiMAX network by the end of 2015.
“As a result of the Clearwire Acquisition, we expect to continue to migrate from Clearwire’s wireless broadband technology to LTE technology through the deployment of Network Vision utilizing the 2.5GHz spectrum acquired,” Sprint said in the paperwork, noting that it will shut down 4,300 cell sites that will no longer be needed with the switch to LTE.
The carrier acquired Clearwire, which also operated a WiMAX network, back in December 2012 when it was still pushing WiMAX as the best and fastest new network for wireless customers. In addition to use the 2.5GHz spectrum acquired from Clearwire, Sprint will also consolidate and optimize its 1.9GHz and 800MHz spectrum for LTE. Thankfully, most customers should now be on LTE devices instead of using WiMAX phones, which Sprint stopped selling in 2012.