Sprint inks deal with CommScope for 'extensive deployment' of LTE/Wi-Fi small cells
May 3, 2016
CommScope said Sprint (NYSE: S) has committed to "an extensive deployment" of its small cells in small to medium-sized business locations. And the deal appears to signal Sprint's eagerness to expand its presence in the managed Wi-Fi market.
The deployment is part of Sprint's network densification plan, which the company continues to pursue both for LTE services and in advance of coming 5G technologies. CommScope markets the small cells as a way for small and medium-sized offices and retail locations to provide improved wireless services for employees, visitors, shoppers and guests.
The cells are based on Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) FSM small and Qualcomm VIVE Wi-Fi chipsets and support both 2.5 GHz TD-LTE and 802.11ac dual-band, dual-concurrent Wi-Fi "in a cost-effective, power efficient and compact form factor," according to CommScope.