Sprint partners Rocket Fiber for expansion in Detroit

Sprint partners Rocket Fiber for network expansion in Detroit  

03 February 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Sprint and Rocket Fiber, a gigabit internet service provider in Detroit, have entered into a carrier agreement to supply the Detroit area businesses with flexible and diverse connectivity options.

Through the partnership, the two will offer end-to-end, high-speed connectivity leveraging Sprint’s global wireline network and Rocket Fiber’s dense fibre footprint in the region.

“We are excited to work with Rocket Fiber as another addition to our access agnostic strategy in the CertaintySM Network Design Model. The complementary nature of our two wireline networks reinforces our commitment to 100% network availability,” said Mike Fitz, vice president of Sprint’s Global Wireline business. “Together with Rocket Fiber in Detroit, customers can rely on Sprint’s wireline network for their mission critical applications.”

Together Sprint and Rocket will provide complementary fibre network architecture and service levels. Under the terms of the collaboration, Sprint customers will be able to access Rocket Fiber infrastructure to ensure their networks are adaptable and optimised as business needs change. In turn, Rocket Fiber customers will gain seamless access to Sprint’s Tier 1 network backbone.

“Rocket Fiber has always prided itself on being Detroit’s premium connectivity provider,” said Marc Hudson, co-founder and CEO of Rocket Fiber. “We are excited about what the relationship with Sprint will bring to Detroit, starting with internet access. The hand-in-glove fit between our networks allows us to not only diversify and strengthen the region’s network infrastructure, but also bring our services to a wide range of consumers outside of the state leveraging Sprint’s best in class national fibre backbone.”

Earlier this year, Sprint inched ever closer to its long-awaited $26 billion merger with T-Mobile US. The deal was announced 21 months ago, with both the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) having approved the merger.

The case, which started in December completed last month and came about as, the states are saying that the merger will harm consumers by reducing the US mobile market from four players.