Sprint will finance Spark rollout through its network suppliers

Sprint appears ready to invest in its long-delayed Spark network rollout, but it’s getting some help from the companies that will be providing the equipment. Nokia, Samsung and Alcatel-Lucent are supplying a combined $1.8 billion in LTE gear and engineering services on credit. Sprint is getting a $300 million loan form Export Development Canada. Though Sprint didn’t announce any new timeline for the snail-pace rollout of its Spark uber-4G network, hopefully this will light the necessary fires to bring Sprint’s LTE service on par with its competitors’ sooner rather than later.

Nokia Siemens’ US prospects improve with new LTE deals

The U.S. has been a sore spot for Nokia Siemens Networks for the last several years. Try as it might it hasn’t been able to convert its international success into U.S. 4G contracts. That changing with two LTE rollouts for T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular.