Post-Paid Wireless Resellers to Deliver Reliable Wireless Service at Home or in the Office
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 10, 2009--
Marking an industry first, Sprint (NYSE:S) wholesale partners can now
take advantage of enhanced wireless coverage with the nationwide
availability of a femtocell solution. The femtocell is the newest
component in Sprint’s suite of industry-leading wholesale solutions,
which features wholesale wireline, wireless voice and data,
machine-to-machine and VoIP solutions. The availability of the femtocell
further supports Sprint’s strategy to deliver converged solutions to the
A femtocell functions like a mini cell tower. It provides improved
wireless coverage up to 5,000 square feet by creating a CDMA network
signal within the customer’s home or small office. The service works
with any Sprint phone and requires an existing Internet broadband
connection to carry the call back to the main Sprint network. When
compared to unlicensed spectrum solutions (e.g., typical public WiFi
network solutions), the femtocell offers more reliable performance and
less interference. The technology behind the femtocell has received
several awards, including Best of Innovations at CES 2008, Emerging
Technologies Award – 1st Place: Network Infrastructure Category at CTIA
2008, and Best of CTIA 2007 “Best Cell Phone Accessory” Award from
Wholesale partners and customers will realize several benefits from the
availability of the Sprint femtocell. For example, this technology
offers savings and increased coverage improves customer satisfaction.
Furthermore, a femtocell allows wireline and cable partners to add
wireless to their portfolio, which is especially important as “cord
cutting” continues to spike in tough economic times.
“We want to provide the best set of solutions to Sprint partners and
their customers,” said Jim Patterson, president-Sprint Wholesale
Solutions. “With this launch, Sprint is delivering on its goals to
deliver the innovative solutions that our partners want and need to be
successful. The femtocell offering is not only a differentiator in the
marketplace but is very compelling to those who want to get into the
With a femtocell, Sprint resellers and customers can:
Take advantage of enhanced coverage without having to purchase a new
Enjoy enhanced coverage for calls on up to three lines simultaneously.
Easily install the device using their existing broadband Internet
connection and AC power outlet. The femtocell is ready to use straight
out of the box, with no configuration changes required.
Take their call with them: Calls initiated on the femtocell will
transfer automatically to the Nationwide Sprint Network when leaving
the femtocell coverage area.
“Sprint continues to be a leader of in the wholesale space as evidenced
by their recent best-in-class ratings for customer service, provisioning
(equipment install and network reliability) and sales,” says Fedor
Smith, president-Atlantic ACM. “This type of innovation is what we’ve
come to expect from this company.”
ABOUT SPRINT NEXTEL
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including
two wireless networks serving more than 49 million customers at the end
of the first quarter 2009; industry-leading mobile data services;
instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a
global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
* Calls transfer dependent upon sufficient signal from the Sprint
Network beyond the range of the femtocell base station.
Kathleen Dunleavy, 310-709-3689