Sprint awards LTE contract to Alcatel-Lucent

Sprint has awarded LTE (TDD LTE) contract to Alcatel-Lucent for its newly-acquired 2.5 GHz spectrum in the US.

Sprint’s choice of TDD LTE for this network expansion will be the first use of the technology in a national deployment in North America. TDD LTE’s capabilities will allow Sprint to deliver immense capacity to its customers in the United States in support of next-generation services and applications, such as gaming and high-definition video streaming.

Sprint is deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE solution, which includes: lightRadio Radio Access Network (RAN), antennas and cabling and a complete set of professional services such as radio frequency (RF) design, system integration and optimization, site acquisition and construction.

Bob Azzi, senior vice president, Network for Sprint said, “This is a significant step for Sprint as we continue to grow our network and pursue our goal to offer customers the fastest, most powerful mobile broadband network available anywhere.  Having worked hand-in-hand with Alcatel-Lucent throughout the Network Vision and initial 4G LTE rollout, we have confidence in its technology and its people to help introduce this new era of high-speed broadband access.”

Charles Marsh, president, North America Sales for Alcatel-Lucent said, “We look forward to supporting Sprint’s vision to greatly expand mobile broadband coverage with TDD LTE technologies that will provide customers with a consistent, high-quality experience no matter where they may be, such as heavily populated urban areas and inside commercial and residential buildings.”

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