Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio leveraged by Sprint for High-Capacity 4G LTE Mobile Broadband

OVERLAND PARK and PARIS – Alcatel-Lucent and Sprint (NYSE: S) have announced an agreement to deploy lightRadio Metro Cells in high-traffic areas on the Sprint network to augment coverage. The mini basestations are 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, and Wi-Fi compatible, and deployable indoors or outdoors to fill gaps in coverage and increase broadband capacity. lightRadio's controller software is also virtualized, allowing for AdvancedTCA, blade server, or Cloud delivery in Sprint’s initial deployment focusing primarily on indoor applications for entertainment, transportation, and campus venues to improve QoS.

The introduction of lightRadio Metro Cells is one of the initial phases of Sprint’s new network initiative, Network Vision, which will incorporate 4G LTE and enhanced 3G network elements complemented by small cell technology. In addition to expanding coverage, the lightRadio will serve to save major network overhaul expenses, and also offers a low power consumption and a green footprint.

The Alcatel-Lucent Metro Cell portfolio of products support outdoor, urban hotspot, rural, and indoor applications, and is Alcatel-Lucent’s 39th small cell deployment.