CommScope supplies Sprint with combined 4G and Wi-Fi indoor small cells

S1000 small cells provide LTE and Wi-Fi allowing Sprint to offer managed Wi-fi hotspot services for use in small and medium-sized business with high mobile traffic demands

CommScope supplies Sprint with combined 4G and Wi-Fi indoor small cells

US mobile operator Sprint has announced an extensive deployment of CommScope S1000 small cells for use in traffic-intensive small and medium-sized business locations. Deployment of the S1000 small cells is designed to deliver even faster data speeds indoors and ensure a high quality LTE experience as part of Sprint’s network densification plan.

The S1000 (developed by Airvana, which was acquired by CommScope in 2015) also supports the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, allowing Sprint to provide managed Wi-Fi hotspot services to enterprises such as retail and restaurant chains.

“The CommScope S1000 small cell, with its support for 2.5GHz LTE and managed Wi-Fi, is a highly cost-effective way for us to give our customers even faster data speeds indoors,” said Jay Bluhm, vice president of network development and engineering, Sprint. “Femtos are an important part of our densification and optimisation strategy, enabling us to more efficiently support new services and meet the growing demand for data.”

S1000 small cells enable a turnkey wireless solution for small- and medium-sized offices and retail locations that need superior wireless services for both employees and visitors. Based upon Qualcomm FSM small cell and Qualcomm VIVE Wi-Fi chipsets, the S1000 supports 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.

The S1000 can be self-installed, thanks to a hybrid self-organising network (SON) approach that combines the automated provisioning function of CommScope’s Device Management System (DMS) with the use of Qualcomm UltraSON technology in the device.

This capability simplifies installation and optimizes coexistence with macro networks and neighbouring small cells. As a result, S1000 small cells provide improved in-building cellular experience with a very low total cost of ownership, according to CommScope.

“We continue to invest in the latest small cell features and in the technologies that enable operators to create and manage large deployments,” said Matt Melester, senior vice president and general manager, Distributed Coverage and Capacity Solutions, CommScope. “Sprint’s selection of the S1000 validates both the features of the product and our ability to meet the requirements of mobile network operators.”

The Small Cell Forum has named this S1000 project as a finalist in the category of Excellence in Commercial Deployment (Enterprise) for the Small Cell Forum Industry Awards 2016. The winners will be announced on 11 May at the Small Cells World Summit in London.

The S1000 small cells joined CommScope’s solutions portfolio when the company acquired Airvana in October 2015. Airvana has been a key small cell supplier to Sprint since 2010, when the operator introduced its 3G AIRAVE offering.

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