These days, Sprint is best known as a wireless operator, but its roots can be traced back to the turn of the 20th century when Cleyson Brown, the son of a grist mill owner formed Brown Telephone to compete with AT&T.

In 2006, Sprint shed its local telecom business, which was purchased by the former CenturyTel and now is run as CenturyLink, and focused its attention on metro and long-haul business opportunities and wireless services that run over its IP/MPLS network backbone.

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Sprint shuffles front office in advance of Virgin relaunch

Sprint shuffled its front office as it prepares a major overhaul of its Virgin Mobile prepaid brand.

Lowenstein's View: Key themes for mobile in 2H '16

Usually, industry analysts such as myself wait until December for the annual ritual of "predictions" columns. But there is enough of import happening in the industry that I think it will be of some value to  Fierce  readers to take stock of where we are as of mid-year, and to think about what the next 6-9 months look like across the mobile landscape.

More than 40% of Sprint's traffic is on 2.5 GHz, Wells Fargo says

More than 40 percent of Sprint's overall traffic is being carried on its 2.5 GHz airwaves, Wells Fargo Securities reported over the weekend, and the carrier hasn't suffered any "meaningful congestion" recently.

Mobilitie downplays small cell concerns, says Sprint really is spending on network upgrades

Mobilitie downplayed reports that its efforts to deploy tens of thousands of small cells for Sprint have stalled in part due to troubles dealing with local authorities.

Sprint commercial featuring former Verizon spokesman a hit, iSpot.tv says

Sprint's new commercial featuring a former Verizon spokesman is a hit, according to iSpot.tv.

Sprint inches toward becoming a 'deconstructed' carrier, but cash-flow woes remain: MoffettNathanson

Shares of Sprint have rebounded after the carrier made a series of convoluted financial moves to improve its financial position and stave off bankruptcy, and the carrier is positioned to become a "deconstructed wireless operator," according to MoffettNathanson analysts, focusing exclusively on providing wireless services.

SoftBank's Arora to step down after 13 months as president

SoftBank President Nikesh Arora said he will step down just 13 months after CEO Masayoshi Son essentially designated him as Son's successor.

Qualcomm proffers solution to improve uplink speeds

While LTE network download speeds have steadily improved over the years, the same cannot be said of upload speeds. In fact – and this may come as a surprise-- they haven't improved one iota, according to Qualcomm, but that's about to change.

FreedomPop: 48% of U.K. customers are paying for additional services

The Los Angeles-based MVNO FreedomPop continues to gain traction in Europe, according to a new report from  Reuters, and is generating revenue from nearly half of its British users.

Ericsson launches 5G Plug-Ins that address drone, smart car use cases

Ericsson announced the launch of its 5G Plug-Ins, which it describes as software-driven innovations that bring essential 5G technology concepts to today's cellular networks.