Qualcomm and Alcatel-Lucent Strike Small Cell Pact
Qualcomm and Alcatel-Lucent today announced plans to collaborate on 3G/4G small cells for use in residential and campus environments. The companies will use Qualcomm's mobile broadband technologies and Alcatel-Lucent's small cell technology to create base station equipment for use in shopping malls, businesses, and other urban areas where denser coverage is needed. Both firms will invest in a joint research and development program with the express purpose of creating next-generation small cells. The two companies believe that by working together they can offer wireless network operators a better solution for filling in the gaps in their wireless coverage. Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless have said they plan to use small cells to supplement their larger macro network coverage.
Verizon, Samsung Offer Small Cell for Improved In-Home Coverage
Verizon Wireless today announced the 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and small businesses. The small box provides LTE coverage in buildings up to about 7,500 square feet, including services such as HD Voice and high-speed data.
Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage
Sprint today announced the Magic Box, a tool Sprint hopes consumers and businesses will use to help it densify its LTE network. The Magic Box is similar to a signal booster in that owners place it in a window.
Sprint Parent Greenlights Network Plan
SoftBank has given Sprint the go-ahead to begin its network improvement plan. The nation's third-largest carrier plans to densify its LTE 4G network to improve coverage and capacity.
Sprint to Use Cox's Infrastructure for Some Backhaul
Sprint and Cox Communications today said they've agreed to work together to improve one another's businesses. Sprint plans to use Cox's broadband infrastructure to improve its macro backhaul performance, as well as to densify its wireless network through the use of small cells.
Nokia Gains Control of Alcatel-Lucent
Nokia today said it has officially taken the reigns of Alcatel-Lucent after its public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent was accepted by the French stock market authority. Nokia expects to merge the two companies in order to form a telecommunications powerhouse to compete against Ericsson, ZTE, and others.