Sprint’s CEO, Dan Hesse, sat down recently for a wide-ranging discussion with Om Malik, the esteemed proprietor of the tech news site GigaOM. It’s worth taking a look at, and because of the breadth of topics covered, such as devices, 4G, M2M, Sprint’s business itself, and the future direction for service providers, the interview appears in three parts.
For example, when Malik asked about smartphones and what they mean to Sprint’s future, Hesse made it clear that while devices are important, what are more important are the customer’s wireless experience and the ability to offer a simple value proposition.
Hesse also got straight to the point when it came to 4G, telling Malik that the Sprint 4G strategy “is WiMAX, full stop” and that he stands behind the Sprint approach, which got the high speeds and improved performance of 4G into the market well ahead of LTE options, so that enterprises didn’t have to wait to upgrade their communications.
On the subject of M2M, Hesse anticipated that soon, nearly every device will contain a wireless chip, and that will be a huge driver for M2M communications. Sprint’s new M2M collaboration center, where developers, device makers, and others can work together to hasten M2M applications, represents a significant step for that communications segment.
In a nice wrapup to the article, Malik asked Hesse about Sprint’s goal. The answer: “We want to be the best wireless carrier … You don’t have to be the biggest to be really, really good.”
Read each of Hesse’s interviews with Om Malik:
Sprint CEO: The iPad Has Been Good to Us
Sprint CEO: Our 4G Strategy Is WiMAX, Full Stop!
Sprint CEO: Internet of Things & Telco of Tomorrow