T-Mobile, Sprint to deploy small cell solutions

8 Dec 2017

T-Mobile US intends to deploy tens of thousands of small cells as it seeks to densify its network ahead of the industry’s push towards 5G mobile technology. Speaking at the Fierce Wireless Next-Gen Wireless Networks Summit, the cellco’s VP of Network Technology and Strategy Karri Kuoppamaki commented: ‘Densification is really about moving from that macro [tower] into the small cells dimension. We’ve already deployed thousands of small cells and we’ve contracted [for] 28,000 small cells to be deployed in the short term.’

Elsewhere in the US mobile market, Sprint has announced the availability of a new small cell solution from SpiderCloud as part of its own strategy to densify its network and improve service at enterprises and public venues across the country. Robert Kingsley, Director of Small Cell and Wi-Fi Development at Sprint, confirmed: ‘This innovative LTE small cell literally clips onto existing Cisco Wi-Fi infrastructure and can be deployed in less than 30 minutes, providing a very cost-effective way to rapidly improve indoor service.’