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Vodafone's IoT boss heads to US telco Sprint

The Register reviews Vodafone's IoT boss Ivo Rook's move to US telco Sprint to develop their IoT solutions to their customers, and discusses if Rook will be able to increase IoT share at Sprint.

Tom Rebbeck, Enterprise & IoT Research Director at Analysys Mason, comments "Sprint has struggled in the shadow of Verizon and AT&T in the US IoT market.  Both Verizon and AT&T will earn $1bn+ from IoT in 2017; Sprint much less. Sprint has also been slower to roll out LTE-M."

Tom adds that Sprint is also planning to launch NB-IoT "at some point" (that sounds familiar, no?) and asked, rhetorically: "I wonder if we will see any changes to these plans? Rolling out LTE-M a year later than AT&T and Verizon doesn't put Sprint in a very strong position."

Tom goes onto say "Softbank has historically kept distance between its investments but this may be different," mused Rebbeck. "The Sprint release says that Rook will be the 'Liaison Officer' with Softbank on IoT. Sprint could accelerate its plans for NB-IoT, which would differentiate their strategy from the big operators, be more closely aligned to ARM and its investments and build on what Rook learned about NB-IoT from his time at Vodafone."

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