Sprint adds AirWalk enterprise femtocell to in-building solutions

Telecom major Sprint announced that it is
working with AirWalk Communications, a provider of small cell solutions, to add
AirWalk’s enterprise femtocell to Sprint’s in-building solutions

The product branded Sprint AIRAVE Pro
Connect is available now for Sprint’s Custom Network Solutions customers to
accommodate the growth of indoor mobile traffic.

The AirWalk enterprise femtocell is
manufactured in the United States and will be the foundation for Sprint’s
next-generation 4G products.

The AIRAVE Pro Connect allows Sprint to
expand voice and data service to new venues and grow their customer base with a
cost-effective, in-building solution.

The enterprise femtocell is being deployed
to increase coverage and capacity at enterprises, campuses, government
buildings and other public venues as part of Sprint’s established
standards-based IMS, 3GPP2 femtocell platform.

Compared to traditional in-building
solutions, the AIRAVE Pro Connect helps promote reduced costs, faster
deployments, and off loads voice and data usage from the macro network.

“Our AIRAVE Pro Connect trial customers
have experienced exceptional in-building service for both voice and data,” said
Mike McRoberts, director of product management – Sprint.

Building on Sprint’s relationship with Ericsson for Sprint Network Advantage and Sprint Network
Vision, Ericsson serves as the primary integrator for Sprint’s femtocell
platform which supports multiple device manufacturers and venue-specific
femtocell devices.

“Sprint’s leadership in deploying
femtocells matched with AirWalk’s expertise in developing cost-effective and
reliable small cells has made this a highly successful project,” said Serge
Pequeux, president and CEO – AirWalk.

The AIRAVE Pro Connect helps to reduce
costs and facilitate faster deployments compared to traditional solutions. The
device is a 3G CDMA, dual-mode (1xEV-DO and 1xRTT) device that accommodates up
to 32 data and 29 voice users simultaneously.

The enterprise femtocell has a wall-mount
package with self-optimizing, plug-and-play installation and has multi-device
clustering capabilities to support larger coverage areas.

The AIRAVE Pro Connect supports Sprint’s
overall commitment to environmental sustainability. According to a recent
study, femtocells in general require less electrical power per user, improve
battery life of subscriber devices, utilize existing backhaul, are more
RF-efficient, and can even be easily powered off during down times.

By Telecomlead.com Team

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