Network Vision is Sprint’s plan to consolidate multiple network technologies into one new, seamless network with the goal of increasing efficiency and enhancing network coverage, call quality and data speeds for customers across the United States. In addition to deploying a new 3G network, Sprint will roll out LTE nationwide.
Sprint has launched 4G LTE in 88 markets – including Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Baltimore – and sites are on-air and implementation is under way in hundreds more.
Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint
“Today more Americans are using smartphones and tablets to consume entertainment, GPS and applications than ever before. In fact, in 2012, Sprint achieved annual smartphone sales of nearly 20 million. All this requires improved network reliability and speed. Sprint’s customers will experience immediate benefits on the 4G LTE network when they stream videos, socialize, play games and interact with thousands of apps using our unlimited data plans.”
Through Network Vision, voice quality is enhanced and Sprint customers in upgraded areas are seeing better performance on their smartphones, mobile broadband connection cards and mobile hotspots when using the Sprint 4G LTE and 3G networks. Customers can expect to experience the following performance improvements:
- Faster data speeds that enable instant Web access for news updates, HD viewing and game-playing, quicker video downloads and clear video chats.
- Better signal strength when making a call or using the Web.
- Fewer dropped calls for peace of mind when talking to friends, family or colleagues.
- Improved voice quality and less static or background noise when making phone calls.
Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO
"Our progress deploying Network Vision enables Sprint to extend and evolve our 4G leadership and to improve the experience for 3G customers. Our next-generation network and cutting-edge device lineup, combined with the industry’s best pricing plans, give Sprint customers the best experience in wireless.”
Current vs. New cell site
Today, Sprint uses separate equipment to deploy services on 800 MHz and 1.9 GHz spectrum. Through Network Vision Sprint will install new network equipment and software that brings together multiple spectrum bands, or airwaves, on a single, multimode base station. The new equipment makes it easy to accommodate additional spectrum bands.
Wireless Network News: Chicago
Mobile data use is exploding everywhere, including Chicago. Sprint is making a substantial investment in money and effort as we work hard to enhance our network in the Chicago area.
Many of our customers in the region have continued to have a good experience and are looking forward to the advances that will come as we complete our work. We realize, though, that others have been affected as we take on this massive project.
Enhancing our network in Chicago
Chicago Network Infographic available for downloading
In addition, Sprint is focused on wireless recycling and renewable energy in its networks, ensuring it does its part to incorporate corporate responsibility into every major touchpoint of its business. We use the phrase "corporate responsibility" to describe our approach to balancing our business objectives with our environmental, social and economic responsibilities. Sprint has been recognized for our following sustainability efforts:
- Sprint ranked No. 3 on Newsweek's 2011 Rankings of America's Greenest Companies, up from No. 6 in 2010 and No. 15 in 2009, based upon environmental impact, green policies and performance, and reputation survey scores as of October 24, 2011.
- Through Network Vision, we will upgrade our existing wireless network infrastructure so that it becomes capable of supporting multiple spectrum bands, or airwaves, on single, multi-mode base stations.
- Our cell sites will be more compact, more energy efficient, and able to provide better coverage and call quality for our customers.
- This will reduce Sprint's total energy demand and the company's carbon footprint. Sprint is the only U.S. telecommunications company to commit to reducing its GHG emissions by an absolute 20 percent by 2017.
With Network Vision, Sprint will make substantial changes to the cell sites that power its wireless network. The top image shows Sprint’s existing base stations, which require single, refrigerator-sized cabinets for each technology. Large black coaxial cables must run from each cabinet to the top of the cell tower, which has an inherent loss of signal. The Network Vision multi-mode base station will require less space. Other advantages will include the ability for Sprint to use spectrum bands on multiple technologies, replacing coaxial cables with fiber that is not affected by signal loss and improved remote radio heads that replace existing less efficient radios.
The implementation of multimode technology throughout the Sprint network will:
- Enhance service
- Create network flexibility
- Reduce operating costs
- Improve environmental sustainability
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