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Sprint's First to Deploy Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio

Sarah Reedy
LR Mobile News Analysis
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor
8/6/2012
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Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) will fill in gaps in its developing Long Term Evolution (LTE) network with Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)'s lightRadio Metro Cells, the companies announced Monday.

The Network Vision operator plans to use its partner's mini base stations in high-traffic areas where it is rolling out LTE, starting with indoor entertainment venues, transportation hubs and business campuses. It says the deployment will bring better broadband to its subscribers and help reduce its costs.

Sprint is the first customer to announce it is using lightRadio products in its network, according to an Alcatel-Lucent spokesman. Alcatel-Lucent's past announcements with operators including China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL), Etisalat , América Móvil S.A. de C.V. and others have been joint development deals, but it says it currently has 39 commercial small-cell deployment agreements and more than 20 ongoing trials. (See Euronews: Etisalat Tunes to AlcaLu's lightRadio, China Mobile Sees the Light(Radio) , AlcaLu Boasts LTE, lightRadio Deal and MWC 2012: AlcaLu Turns Co-Creationist.)

Why this matters
Sprint will need all the help in growing coverage and reducing costs it can get for its multi-mode Network Vision. The operator has told Light Reading Mobile that it isn't waiting until it blankets a market to roll out LTE, but rather until it has adequate street-level coverage, so any measures it can take to increase capacity should help expedite the rollout. (See Sprint's 4G LTE Scramble.)

The U.S.'s third-largest carrier currently has 15 LTE markets deployed, but plans to reach 120 million potential customers by year's end. Its competitors Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) have 337 and 47 markets, respectively.

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— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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Michelle Donegan
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12/5/2012 | 5:24:41 PM
re: Sprint's First to Deploy Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio


That's a lot of small cells ... wonder how Sprint makes them all work together.


 

Sarah Reedy
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12/5/2012 | 5:24:41 PM
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Sprint also already has 950,000 small cells on its network. It's definitely a hodge podge network, but they'll never have to explain it to their customers provided it all works well!

Michelle Donegan
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12/5/2012 | 5:24:40 PM
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It's interesting that Sprint is rolling out Alcatel-Lucent's metro small cells indoors first. It makes sense to cover or add capacity initially to busy places like airports or train stations or popular venues. Will an outdoor rollout soon follow -- lightRadios on lampposts?


And what of Sprint's other Network Vision suppliers -- is Sprint looking for LTE small cells from Ericsson and Samsung as well?


 

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12/5/2012 | 5:24:39 PM
re: Sprint's First to Deploy Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio


Sprint veep Iyad Tarazi laid it out in this video earlier this year.


He says:


-- Working on 3 specific flavors of LTE small cells for this year.


-- Indoor first in 2012-2013.


-- Outdoor late in 2013 or 2014 after they've worked out the interference kinks.

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