US telecom operator Sprint has launched Sprint Magic Box, a LTE wireless small cell for businesses and consumers to enhance customer experience.
The latest indoor small cell from Sprint improves data coverage and increases download and upload speeds on average by 200 percent.
The innovative technology allows Sprint to cost-effectively densify its LTE Plus network, and improve experience for its wireless customers. Sprint is the fourth largest telecom operator in the U.S.
The indoor small cell, about the size of a shoebox, requires no implementation and rental costs for consumers. Wireless users can place the small cell unit near a window and plug into a power outlet without hurdles.
Customers can easily connect Sprint Magic Box to a nearby Sprint cell site and use it. Sprint Magic Box provides average coverage of 30,000 square feet indoors and can benefit adjacent Sprint customers inside the building. The signal can extend coverage 100 meters outside a building.
Sprint Magic Box accelerates Sprint’s strategy to densify its network as it improves performance and builds a strong foundation for 5G. It uses Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum with backhaul provided by Sprint’s outdoor macro cell sites. This removes the cost of backhaul, along with many of the challenges associated with small cell deployments.
“Sprint Magic Box is going to quickly transform our network, and it is key to delivering an amazing experience to customers today as we build the kind of dense urban infrastructures needed for 5G,” said John Saw, Sprint CTO.
Sprint has started the deployment of Magic Box small cells in several cities across the country such as Denver, San Francisco, Indianapolis, New York, Chicago, and Houston.
In the past three months downloads speeds across these markets have significantly improved as Sprint rolled-out its toolkit of densification technologies such as Sprint Magic Box, outdoor small cells, three-channel carrier aggregation, and launched iconic new High Performance User Equipment (HPUE) smartphones.
Sprint will deploy three-channel carrier aggregation on 2.5 GHz sites. The company will be leveraging a multitude of technologies including four-channel carrier aggregation, 256 QAM, 4×4 MIMO and Massive MIMO to enhance the capacity and coverage of its 2.5 GHz TDD-LTE spectrum.