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August 13, 2012

Sprint selects Samsung to develop Small Cell Network Infrastructure

The deployment of Samsung's small cell technology will enhance Sprint’s network

By CBR Staff Writer

Wireless and wireline communications services provider Sprint has selected Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) to help develop Small Cell Network Infrastructure for its Network Vision Program.

The Network Vision Program is a multi-year initiative to enhance Sprint customers’ network experience by deploying multi-mode base stations that are capable of supporting various spectrum bands.

The small cells being provided by Samsung can link wireless devices like smartphones and tablets to the broader telecom network.

They are small in size, unlike conventional cell towers, similar to the size of a shoebox can can be fitted in places like lampposts or in the corner of the sports stadiums.

Sprint Network Operations senior vice president Bob Azzi said Network Vision Program is all about improving the network experience for its customers.

"We are excited to expand our relationship with Samsung with their inclusion in the small cell program and provide customers with the cutting edge network they need to keep up with the cutting edge phones Sprint offers," Azzi said.

The engineers from both companies have collaborated to develop new products that expand the coverage and capacity of the Sprint network utilising Samsung’s small cells.

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For these small cell rollouts, Sprint plans to deploy a heterogeneous network or HetNet, that targets high traffic indoor areas and high capacity public venues.

Samsung Mobile president Dale Sohn said the new award will allow Sprint to meet increasing demand for coverage and capacity while consolidating multiple legacy networks and spectrum bands in a single platform.

"The deployment of our small cell technology will enhance Sprint’s network and demonstrates the strength of Samsung’s infrastructure offering," Sohn said.

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