Award given to Sprint for world’s first commercial launch of femtocell, allowing customers to get enhanced wireless coverage at home
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 27, 2009--
Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today it has received a Femtocell Industry
Award for its August 2008 launch of the world’s first commercially
available femtocell, AIRAVE by Samsung. AIRAVE acts like a mini cell
tower that works with any Sprint phone and a broadband Internet
connection to provide enhanced in-home wireless coverage.1
Given by the Femto Forum, a global organization founded in 2007 to
promote femtocell deployment worldwide, the Femtocell Industry Awards
recognize outstanding achievement within, and contributions to, the
“Customers are using their wireless phones at home more than ever, and
with AIRAVE, Sprint has made it even more convenient for customers to
rely on their Sprint phone as their only phone,” said Mathew Oommen,
vice president of device and technology development for Sprint. “We’re
proud to have received the Femto Forum Award, which represents global
recognition of Sprint’s leadership in providing our customers with a
femtocell solution for enhanced wireless coverage in their home or
“The Femtocell Industry Awards judges were extremely impressed by the
high quality and number of award submissions, reflecting the health and
innovation of the femtocell industry,” said Simon Saunders, chairman of
the Femto Forum. “When Sprint deployed the first femtocell service in
2008, it was a bold statement to the industry that the technology had
moved beyond theory and was now delivering improved mobile services out
in the real world. The Commercial Launch by a Large Carrier Award
recognizes Sprint’s pioneering achievement in this exciting new market.”
Sprint AIRAVE acts like a mini cell tower by creating a licensed
spectrum CDMA network signal within the customer’s home or small office,
providing enhanced wireless coverage up to 5,000 square feet. With
AIRAVE, Sprint customers can:
Take advantage of enhanced coverage without having to purchase a new
Use their existing Sprint phone, with the option to upgrade to the
latest phones at any time. All Sprint phones are compatible with the
Easily install the device using their existing broadband Internet
connection and AC power outlet. The AIRAVE is ready to use straight
out of the box, with no configuration changes required.
Take their call with them. Calls initiated on the AIRAVE will transfer
automatically to the Nationwide Sprint Network when leaving the AIRAVE
Talk all they want when subscribed to the optional unlimited AIRAVE
calling plan. With the plan, unlimited incoming and outgoing calls and
nationwide long distance are included when using the AIRAVE.
The technology behind AIRAVE has received several additional awards,
including the 2008 PC World 25 Most Innovative Products Award,
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 LAPTOP Magazine.
Sprint customers can purchase AIRAVE at Sprint stores across the country
for $99.99 (excluding taxes). Customers are required to subscribe to the
AIRAVE enhanced coverage plan for just $4.99 per month in addition to
the customer’s regular wireless voice plan. Customers who do not have
one of Sprint’s unlimited voice plans, such as Simply Everything, can
get unlimited in-home calling by subscribing to the optional AIRAVE
Unlimited Voice plan for an additional $10 per month for individuals or
$20 per month for families. For more information, customers can visit www.sprint.com/airave.
About the Femto Forum awards
The Femto Forum Femtocell Industry Awards recognize outstanding
achievement within, and contributions to, femtocell technology.
Entries were invited from everyone involved in femtocell development and
operation, from organizations of all sizes, representing all continents
and whether members of Femto Forum or otherwise.
The judging process was independent of the Femto Forum, the panel
comprising well-known industry figures selected for their experience and
impartiality and chaired by Prof. William Webb, head of R&D for UK
The inaugural award ceremony took place at a gala dinner at the
Femtocell World Summit in London on June 24.
A full list of winners & judges can be found at: http://www.femtoforum.org/femto/aboutforum.php?id=96
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 nearly 49 million customers at the end of
the first quarter of 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.
About the Femto Forum
Femtocells are low-power wireless access points that operate in licensed
spectrum to connect standard mobile devices to a mobile operator’s
network using residential DSL or cable broadband connections.
The Femto Forum (www.femtoforum.org)
was set up in 2007 to promote the wide-scale adoption of femtocells. It
currently comprises 114
of the world’s leading communication companies, including carriers,
telecoms hardware and software vendors, and innovative start-ups.
The Forum supports and drives the adoption of industry wide standards
and common architectures to enable the widespread adoption and
deployment of femtocells by operators around the world. It directs and
implements a multifaceted marketing campaign; raising the profile,
driving technology development and deployment and promoting the
potential of femto solutions among industry stakeholders, journalists,
analysts, regulators, special interest groups, standards bodies and
Industry Awards recognize outstanding achievement within, and
contributions to, the femtocell industry.
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1 Not compatible with plans or devices operating only on the
Nextel Nationwide Network.
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