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LTE: Alcatel Lucent and Sprint deal will speed Sprint LTE deployment.
Alcatel-Lucent's LightRadio gains traction as Sprint signs up for a substantial deployment. I.D. Scales reports.
Sprint is to deploy a substantial underlay of Alcatel Lucent's tiny LightRadio base stations as part of a complete revamp of its mobile network in the US.
Lots of interest and a slew of trials and commercial deployments have been ongoing since the company announced the tiny radio technology early last year, but this meaty order from the number three US mobile network will be seen as a major step forward for what Alcatel Lucent has been championing as a revolutionary new product set and micro base station approach.
LightRadio is designed to enable operators to cope with rocketing mobile broadband demand by peppering hotspots with tiny and unobtrusive cells which can be made to support a heterogenous array of radio standards - Gs 2, 3 and 4 as well as WiFi. The technology uses a 'cloud' approach by separating out radio, antenna and processing functions and moving them about - so that processing from muliple cells, for instance, might be aggregated at a processing point near the edge of the network.