Sprint has confirmed that it will completely shut down its WiMAX network on November 6, 2015, a little over a year from now. This means that customers who are still on the old network will have to either upgrade to a new device, or continue to use their existing device on Sprint’s 3G network.
This date was confirmed to Fierce Wireless by Sprint spokesperson Adrienne Norton, although rumors about this were floating around on the internet for the past week.
Sprint actually informed the SEC in April that it planned to shut the old network down by the end of 2015. This will include shutting down approximately 6000 sites that Sprint considers redundant, allowing the carrier to terminate some costly underlying leases.
With the rollout of 4G LTE and Spark well underway, Sprint is finally in a good position to shut off WiMAX once and for all. It should not cause much of a disruption, either, as barely anyone remains on it. And Sprint can use those funds designated toward maintaining the network for other uses. All in all, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.[Fierce Wireless]