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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U.S. latency report: How did AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile perform in Q4?

While the industry awaits 5G standards that will address latency like never before, it's worth noting how network operators fare today in terms of their latency records.  FierceWireless  teamed up with OpenSignal to shed some light onto the issue.

FairPoint says operators must support lit and dark fiber to compete for small cell backhaul

FairPoint Communications, keen to get a piece of the emerging small cell wireless backhaul and services market being fueled by major wireless operators like Sprint and Verizon, is doing an about-face on dark fiber.

Sprint updates Virgin's prepaid pricing options, kills PayLo, Broadband2Go sub-brands

As promised, Sprint said it is updating its approach to its Virgin Mobile prepaid brand by offering updated pricing options and discontinuing two sub-brands-- PayLo and Broadband2Go-- that were offered through Virgin.

Comparing AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon on 3G/4G wireless latency

It's no secret that a significant amount of attention and interest has been paid to wireless network speeds in the United States and globally. And LTE networks clearly provide faster download speeds than 3G networks.

Sprint takes top low LTE latency crown in Q4, while AT&T's HSPA network shows progress

Sprint's LTE service continued to hold on to its low latency status during the fourth quarter, according to FierceWireless ' report, " 3G/4G wireless network latency: How did Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile compare in Q4 2015?"

3G/4G wireless network latency: How did Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile compare in Q4 2015?

FierceWireless, with partner OpenSignal, is hoping to shed some light onto the latency issue. In the below charts, AT&T showed a slight decrease in latency speeds on its HSPA network in the fourth quarter when compared with the operator's results from the third quarter. Sprint and Verizon both showed increases in the latency speeds on their EVDO networks during that period. Sprint remained the carrier with the lowest LTE latency speeds.

Court: Sprint can begin to kill WiMAX network this week

A Massachusetts state court said Sprint can finally begin shutting down its WiMAX network this week.

Cuba to launch residential broadband pilot, but gives no details on timeline, pricing

Cuba plans to begin offering a broadband service in two Havana neighborhoods as part of a pilot designed to give residential customers access in a country where there's been little, if any Internet service options.

Crown Castle increases 2016 financial guidance, analyst sees 'validation' of tower business model

Crown Castle posted relatively solid quarterly earnings and bumped its guidance for 2016, capping what had been a nervous couple of weeks for investors in light of reports of a major network transition by Sprint.

Sprint's thirst for dark fiber-based small cell backhaul spells opportunity for Zayo, Level 3, others

Sprint recently said during its fourth quarter earnings call that it would be using a mix of 2.5 GHz spectrum and dark fiber for small backhaul-- a move that could potentially benefit various competitive wireline carriers who have aggressively built out fiber networks in anticipation of the emerging small cell backhaul trend.