Macro, Small Cell Sites Touched in Sprint Upgrades

Sprint upgraded thousands of macro tower sites in the company’s first quarter to improve the customer experience on the 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands. The carrier also expanded 2.5 GHz to nearly two-thirds of its macro sites, up from half of those sites, according to an update from Sprint CTO Dr. John Saw.


As of August 1, the carrier reached more than 15,000 small cells on-air with a combination of strand mounts and mini macros to expand 2.5 GHz coverage and attain higher speeds, he says in a blog. Sprint deployed about 7,000 strand mount 2.5 GHz small cells on cable infrastructure in the quarter. “As a result, we’re seeing significantly improved data performance in those places where we’re able to reach a high enough density of strand mounts.”

In Sag Harbor, NY, for example, Sprint’s service was “challenged” to get sufficient coverage density using other tools “such as macro towers.” Saw says strand mounts have been a “versatile and timely coverage solution.”

August 2, 2018

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