Sprint hints at upcoming network densification strategy using 2.5 GHz spectrum
May 5, 2015
Sprint (NYSE: S) CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company is finalizing plans for a massive densification of its network using the company's 2.5 GHz spectrum. Called the "Sprint Next Generation Network," the plan calls for a balance of small cells and macrocells and promises an improvement to both network speed and capacity.
Speaking on the company's first-quarter earnings call with investors, Claure said that the company has issued a request for proposal from the industry's vendor community and is currently evaluating those proposals. Although he declined to reveal exactly how many small cells and macrocells Sprint is planning to add to its network, he said that the long-term plan will dramatically increase coverage and capacity and over time will include the deployment of Voice over LTE technology. He also said that the new Next Generation Network plan will produce potential cost savings compared to the company's prior Network Vision network modernization plan.