Photos: A Sprint Network Vision Cell Site

Sprint took us on a quick field trip to Olathe, Kans., to see a Network Vision cell site it has up and running with Clearwire and Ericsson

Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms

April 16, 2012

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Near Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S)'s world headquarters is Kansas City, Kan., one of the first markets to be upgraded as part of the carrier's Network Vision project.

Sprint took LR Mobile and several other media outlets to a cell site in nearby Olathe, Kan., to get up close and personal.

Click on the image below to launch a short slide show of our visit.

The Olathe cell site included Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) equipment, although the vendor is splitting the U.S. with Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Samsung Corp. as well. The markets, though dominated by different vendors, will interoperate via a shared, independent packet core, Sprint VP of Engineering and Operations John Harrison said. That core will be enabled for all of Sprint's phase-one launch markets by the end of June.

Harrison said that 20 to 30 percent of Sprint's cell sites are on roofs, and the building process requires negotiating terms with building owners and tower companies, leasing and zoning the space, and, finally, tower construction. Ericsson Managed Services represents Sprint to the OEM involved with the build, and Harrison said you start to see benefits of the towers immediately after the site is turned up.

"There's good days and bad days," Harrison said, noting that a natural disaster taking down a tower would qualify as a bad day. "It's very complex; it's not simple."

For more

  • Sprint LTE Devices Arrive Before Network

  • What I Learned at Sprint…

  • Sprint Sets Due Date for iDEN's LTE Rebirth

  • Sprint: Still Unlimited on 4G LTE Smartphones

  • Photos: Inside Sprint's Network Vision

  • Sprint to Fully Support HD Voice in 2013

  • Dear Sprint, Here's What We Want to Know...

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

Network Vision gets a boost A water tower in the state's fifth most populous city is one of the stomping grounds for Sprint's Network Vision construction.

Traffic ahead02.jpg

Sprint SVP of Networks Bob Azzi called this a high-traffic site, where it anticipates offloading traffic to Clearwire's 2.5GHz spectrum.

Sharing the site03.jpg

Next door to Sprint's water tower is one shared by AT&T and T-Mobile.

Home base04.jpg

With Network Vision, Sprint has consolidated all of its networks into one base station, which it says is more environmentally sound and operationally efficient.

Going inside05.jpg

Unlike its competitors, which add 4G to their 3G base stations, Sprint's taking a "swap and replace" strategy to go from 3G to 4G, Sprint VP of Development & Engineering Iyad Tarazi said.

Plug-in LTE here06.jpg

Ericsson's base station is LTE-ready and will be getting the 4G infusion by mid-year as KC is one of Sprint's first launch markets.

Clearwire's here to stay07.jpg

The 4G wholesaler sets up shop behind the water tower and can easily add LTE-TD coverage when it's ready, Azzi said.

About the Author(s)

Sarah Thomas

Director, Women in Comms

Sarah Thomas's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad.

She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.

As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.

Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.

Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.

Subscribe and receive the latest news from the industry.
Join 62,000+ members. Yes it's completely free.

You May Also Like