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Sprint Corporation  (S)
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Sprint Corporation Segments

 
Wireless Total
   93.98 % of total Revenue
Wireline Total
   6.02 % of total Revenue
 

Business Segments (March 31, 2015)
Revenues
(in millions $)
I. Quarter
%
(of total Revenues)
(March 31, 2015)
Income
(in millions $)
I. Quarter
%
(Profit Margin)
Wireless Total
7,540.00 93.98 % 2,074.00 27.51 %
Wireline Total
483.00 6.02 % 9.00 1.86 %
Total
8,023.00 100 % 2,083.00 25.96 %

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Growth rates by Segment (March 31, 2015)
Y/Y Revenue
%
I. Quarter
Q/Q Revenue
%
(March 31, 2015)
Y/Y Income
%
I. Quarter
Q/Q Income
%
Wireless Total
-8.65 % -5.35 % 12.9 % -
Wireline Total
-21.72 % -49 % -25 % -
Total
-9.56 % -9.99 % 12.66 % -

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  Sprint's

Business Segments Description



Wireless

We offer a wide array of wireless mobile telephone and data transmission services and features in a variety of pricing plans, including prepaid service plans. Our wireless mobile voice communications services include basic local and long distance wireless voice services, as well as voicemail, call waiting, three way calling, caller identification, directory assistance, call forwarding, speakerphone and voice-activated dialing features. Through a variety of roaming arrangements, we provide roaming services to areas in over 170 countries outside the United States, including areas of Asia, including China, Guam, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand, New Zealand, Canada, Central and South America, including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, and most major Caribbean islands.

The data communications services include:

wireless imaging, including the ability to shoot and send digital still pictures and video clips from a wireless handset;

wireless data communications, including Internet access and messaging and email services;

on our CDMA network, wireless entertainment, including the ability to view live television; listen to Sirius® satellite radio; download and listen to music from our Sprint Music StoreSM, a music catalogue with thousands of songs from virtually every music genre; and play games with full-color graphics and polyphonic sounds all from a wireless handset; and

location-based, asset and fleet management, and dispatch services.

We also offer walkie-talkie services, which give subscribers with iDEN-based devices the ability to communicate instantly across the continental United States and to and from Hawaii. Also, through agreements with third parties, subscribers with iDEN devices can communicate instantly with our walkie-talkie feature to and from selected areas in Canada, Latin America and Mexico. Our walkie-talkie features offer subscribers instant communications in a variety of other ways, including push-to-email applications that allow a user to send a streaming voice message to an email recipient, and off-network walkie-talkie communications available on certain handsets.

Our services are provided using a wide variety of handsets and personal computer wireless data cards manufactured by various suppliers for use with our voice and data services. We generally sell our handsets at prices below our cost in response to competition, to attract new customers and as retention inducements for existing customers.

We also sell accessories, such as carrying cases, hands-free devices, batteries, battery chargers and other items to consumers, and we sell handsets and accessories to agents and other third party distributors for resale.

We also offer wholesale services on our CDMA network to resellers, commonly known as mobile virtual network operators, or MVNOs. MVNOs purchase wireless services from us at wholesale rates and resell the services to their customers under their own brand names. These companies bear the costs of acquisition, billing and customer service. We currently provide wholesale services, through multi-year, exclusive wholesale agreements, to a number to MVNOs, including Qwest Communications International, Inc., Disney and ESPN. We also provide wholesale services to Virgin Mobile USA, which offers prepaid wireless service targeted to the youth and prepaid markets, and is a joint venture between us and the Virgin Group.

We offer customized design, development, implementation and support services for wireless services provided to large companies and government agencies. We also recently entered into a joint venture with several cable companies to develop converged next generation products for consumers designed to combine many of cable’s core products and interactive features with wireless technology to deliver a broad range of services, including video, wireless voice and data services, high speed Internet and cable phone service.

CDMA Network

We provide our Sprint-branded wireless services over our CDMA network, an all-digital wireless network with spectrum licenses that allow us to provide service to the entire United States population, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The CDMA network uses a single frequency band and a digital spread-spectrum wireless technology that allows a large number of users to access a single frequency band by assigning a code to all voice and data bits, sending a scrambled transmission of the encoded bits over the air and reassembling the voice and data into its original format. We supplement the CDMA network through commercial affiliation arrangements with the PCS Affiliates. Under these arrangements, the PCS Affiliates offer wireless services under the Sprint brand on CDMA networks built and operated at their own expense. In most instances, the PCS Affiliates use spectrum licensed to, and controlled by, us. Following the acquisitions of US Unwired, Gulf Coast Wireless, and IWO Holdings, completed in 2005, and the acquisitions of Alamosa and Enterprise Communications completed in early 2006, there are five remaining PCS Affiliates with networks that collectively serve markets where about 23.3  million people live or work.

We, together with the PCS Affiliates, operate CDMA networks in over 400 metropolitan markets, including the 125 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, that reach where a quarter billion people live and work. We provide nationwide service through a combination of:

operating our own digital network in both major and smaller U.S. metropolitan areas, and rural connecting routes using CDMA technology;

affiliating under commercial arrangements with the remaining PCS Affiliates, each of which operates a CDMA network, mainly in and around smaller U.S. metropolitan areas;

roaming on other providers’ analog cellular networks using multi-mode and multi-band handsets; and

roaming on other providers’ digital networks that use CDMA.

CDMA subscribers can use their phones through roaming agreements in countries other than the United States, including areas of:

Asia, including China, Guam, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand;

New Zealand;

Canada;

Central and South America, including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela; and

most major Caribbean islands.

We are in the process of deploying the high-speed EV-DO technology across our CDMA network. With peak rates of up to 2.4 megabits per second for downloads, EV-DO increases average mobile-device data speeds up to 10 times faster when compared to the prior generation technology. In addition, this technology delivers superior application and service performance on EV-DO-capable handsets and laptops equipped with EV-DO-enabled Sprint PCS Connection Cards™. The services supported by this technology, marketed as PowerVision, give consumer and business customers access to numerous sophisticated applications using EV-DO-enabled devices, including data messaging, imaging, entertainment and location-based applications. We first introduced EV-DO commercially in the second quarter 2005, and at December 31, 2005 EV-DO was deployed in markets where about half of the U.S. population lives or works.

The cell site equipment used in the CDMA network resides on space on communications towers. Although we own many of these towers, in May 2005, we closed a transaction whereby we provided Global Signal Inc. with the exclusive rights to lease or operate more than 6,600 of our communication towers for a negotiated lease term that is the greater of the remaining terms of the underlying ground leases or up to 32 years, assuming successful re-negotiation of the underlying ground leases at the end of their current lease terms. We have committed to sublease space from Global Signal on approximately 6,400 of these towers for a minimum of ten years. We have erected additional communications towers to expand the capacity and coverage of our CDMA network. The acquisition of Nextel has given us access to cell site communications towers erected for use in connection with the Nextel iDEN network, which in many cases will enable us to co-locate CDMA cell site equipment on these towers, instead of requiring us to erect new towers or co-locate the equipment on towers owned by third parties, which we expect will reduce our costs. Similarly, we will also be able to co-locate iDEN cell site equipment on the CDMA communications towers.

iDEN Network

We provide our Nextel post-paid and Boost Mobile prepaid wireless services over our iDEN network. Our iDEN network is an all-digital packet data network based on iDEN wireless technology provided by Motorola, Inc. We, together with Nextel Partners, are the only national wireless service provider in the U.S. that utilizes iDEN technology, and, generally, the iDEN handsets that we currently offer are not enabled to roam onto wireless networks that do not utilize iDEN technology. We, together with Nextel Partners, operate iDEN networks that serve 297 of the top 300 U.S. markets where about 270 million people live or work. Nextel Partners provides digital wireless communications services under the Nextel brand name in mid-sized and tertiary U.S. markets, and has the right to operate in 98 of the top 300 metropolitan statistical areas in the United States ranked by population. As discussed above, we will acquire Nextel Partners when the required regulatory approvals are obtained.

We have roaming or interoperability agreements with iDEN-based wireless service providers that operate in Latin America and Canada. We have entered into interoperability agreements with NII Holdings, Inc., which provides for coordination of customer identification and validation necessary to facilitate roaming between our domestic markets and NII Holdings’ Latin American markets. We also have roaming agreements in effect with TELUS Mobility, Inc. in Canadian market areas where it offers iDEN-based services. With the i930 iDEN handset, subscribers can roam in areas of over 100 countries. In addition, any iDEN subscriber can remove the subscriber identity module cards found in each iDEN handset and place them in certain Motorola handsets that utilize global system for mobile communication, or GSM, technology, the network technology utilized by many wireless providers throughout Europe and other parts of the world.

Although the iDEN technology offers a number of advantages over other technology platforms, including the ability to offer our walkie-talkie features, unlike other wireless technologies, it is a proprietary technology that relies solely on our and Motorola’s efforts for further research, and product development and innovation. We rely on Motorola to provide us with technology improvements designed to expand our iDEN-based wireless voice capacity and improve our services. Motorola provides all of the iDEN infrastructure equipment used in the iDEN network, and substantially all iDEN handset devices, under agreements that set the prices we must pay to purchase and license this equipment, as well as a structure to develop new features and make long-term improvements to our network. Motorola also provides integration services in connection with the deployment of iDEN network elements. We have also agreed to warranty and maintenance programs and specified indemnity arrangements with Motorola.

Local

Our Local segment primarily provides regulated incumbent local phone services in local service territories in 18 states. At December 31, 2005, we provided these services to approximately 7.4 million access lines, with our largest presence in Florida, North Carolina, Nevada and Ohio. Through this segment, we provide local voice, long distance and data services, including DSL, to customers located within our local service territories, access by consumers and other carriers to the local network, sales of telecommunications equipment, and other services within specified calling areas to residential and business customers. We also provide wireless and video services to customers in our local service territories through agency relationships. Our wholesale telecommunications product distribution business, known as Sprint North Supply Company, or North Supply, also is part of the Local segment.

We offer customers a wide array of voice, data and other services. Our voice services include local calling services to consumers and business customers within our local service territories, generally for a fixed monthly charge, and a variety of enhanced calling features, such as call forwarding, caller identification, voicemail and call waiting, for which we generally charge an additional monthly fee.

We also offer switched access services to long distance carriers, wireless carriers and competitive local exchange carriers, known as CLECs, to enable them to connect their networks to customer locations. As required by regulations of the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, we offer CLECs the use of unbundled network facilities and the ability to co-locate some of their equipment in our central offices.

We offer high-speed Internet access, primarily using a DSL service delivery platform. We also offer large businesses, long distance carriers, wireless carriers and CLECs dedicated circuits to connect their sites or networks to our network, their customers’ locations or other network facilities.

We offer customers within our local service territories long distance voice, data and wireless services using the networks and facilities of our Wireless and Long Distance segments. We also offer video services through a sales agency relationship with EchoStar Communications Corporation. In addition, we sell service communications equipment that resides at a business customer’s location for management of voice and data networks and applications. We also procure, configure and distribute equipment, materials and supplies to many communication service providers.

Long distance

Through our Long Distance segment, we provide a broad suite of wireline voice and data communications services, including domestic and international voice and data communications using various protocols such as next generation MPLS technologies, as well as IP, ATM, frame relay and managed network services. We also provide services to cable companies that resell our long distance service and/or use our back office systems and network assets in support of their telephone service provided over cable facilities. Although we continue to provide voice services to consumers, we no longer actively market those services. In 2004, we sold our Dial IP business, a data service that was focused largely on the consumer market.

   

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