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Sprint’s cable grand plan progresses, signing Cox as densification partner

Sprint has always been the closest of the US mobile operators to the cable sector and now it has added Cox to its list of partners, joining a recent deal with Altice. This is the latest chapter in a long saga of partnerships, which have never – so far – delivered as much as they promised to do. There is clear strategic logic to a tie-up between mobile-only Sprint and the wireline cablecos to form a fixed/mobile platform to challenge the big telcos’ quad play offerings. A decade ago, Sprint had various deals – with varying levels of success – with the main cablecos, including co-investments in WiMAX, the failed Pivot fixed/mobile venture, and the SpectrumCo arrangement to bid in…

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