Altice, the fourth-largest cable operator in the US which operates Optimum and Suddenlink, and Sprint announced a strategic MVNO agreement that will allow Altice to launch its own wireless carrier using Sprint’s network.
Under the agreement, Sprint will also leverage the Altice USA broadband platform to accelerate the densification of its network.
Sprint will provide Altice USA with access to its full MVNO model, allowing Altice USA to connect its network to the Sprint Nationwide network and have control over the Altice USA mobile features, functionality, and customer experience. In exchange, Altice USA will leverage its network to support Sprint’s network densification efforts and establish a differentiated network operating model going forward.
Altice USA has more than 4.9 million residential and business customers making the company a strong starting point in Sprint’s efforts to leverage the convergence of the connectivity marketplace.
Sprint is working to significantly densify its network through the deployment of small cells and other solutions, with the goal of further improving network performance and the customer experience. Sprint’s Densification and Optimization toolkit includes a variety of solutions from traditional macro towers to small cells including Sprint Magic Box, airpoles, strand mounts and repeaters.