Looking at $10 billion in net economic value, Sprint deploys first multi-mode base station

Sprint has rolled out Network Vision, a complete
deployment of the first multi-mode base station in Branchburg, N.J.

The deployment features a series of firsts, including
radiating multiple spectrum bands (1.9GHz and 800MHz) from a single base
station and powering both 1x and EVDO.

The deployment is part of its Network Vision, a blueprint
to consolidate multiple network technologies into one seamless network,
resulting in significant performance improvements for its customers.

Network Vision provides significant economic benefit to
Sprint. Network Vision is expected to cost an incremental $4 billion to $5
billion and deliver $10 billion to $11 billion in net economic value to the
company between 2011 and 2017, with a projected NPV of approximately $6 billion.

The primary components of value come from reduced
roaming, cell-site reduction, the elimination of dual networks, backhaul
efficiencies, reduced churn, more efficient use of capital and energy cost

The new base station is integrated with the existing
network and initial tests show performance improvements are in line with

Through spectrum efficiencies associated with Network
Vision, Sprint intends to repurpose some of its 800MHz spectrum for Sprint 3G
service, enhancing coverage, particularly the in-building experience for

Augmenting its 1.9GHz footprint with 800MHz, Sprint
expects its CDMA coverage density will increase throughout the country. More
density generally equates to fewer dropped calls and a more seamless network
experience for customers.

Customers in Branchburg who are served off of this first
cell site may already begin to notice improvements,” said Bob Azzi, SVP Network
for Sprint

Sprint customers will see better signal strength for
improved wireless access in more places. The Network Vision program is expected
to result in faster, more consistent data speeds, allowing greater access to
download the latest free song of the day from the Google Music Store on an HTC

Customers can expect to experience fewer dropped calls so
they can freely manage their holiday plans and shopping virtually anywhere they
are. Network Vision ultimately means confidence for wireless users that Sprint
is handling increased data demands while ensuring an exceptional wireless
customer experience.

By Telecomlead.com Team
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