Sprints Decision Could Wound MMDS Market
Sprint's announcement that it would stop adding customers to its fixed broadband wireless network could hurt an already struggling market.Sprint said on Wednesday, Oct. 17, that it would stop adding customers to its fixed broadband wireless network. The Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service industry leader had already halted its build-out of new markets while it examines second-generation gear. The announcement could hurt an already struggling market. "It has an affect on the financial environment in terms of how much short-term credibility the market has," said Cristian Parrino, vice president of marketing of Spike Broadband Systems, an MMDS equipment supplier.
Parrino was quick to point out, however, that international operators and even some MMDS licensees here could be in different positions to continue moving forward. Some operators, such as Spike customer Sonofon in Denmark, use MMDS as their only tool to reach customers with high-speed data solutions. Such operators have more pressure to roll out competitive service with the available equipment.