Sprint Corp. will begin offering rural mobile carriers access to its airwaves to they can focus on improving their own networks rather than expanding coverage. The partnership is designed for areas underserved by high-speed Internet, SoftBank Corp. president Masayoshi Son said Thursday at a trade show in San Antonio.
The offer from Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint is provided through an agreement with the Competitive Carriers Association, which represents smaller mobile providers. It comes as the billionaire Son continues to lobby for support for a possible combination with T-Mobile US Inc. The deal will help boost competition in the U.S. market, which is dominated by the “duopoly” of Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc., Son said.