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There was a very interesting story on gigaom last night. Sprint gave a presentation yesterday on it's NV progress and network plans beyond. I think there's already been slides posted that came from that presentation. This must have come later on.

 

Here's the story:

 

http://gigaom.com/broadband/sprint-has-big-plans-for-small-cells/

 

The presentation covered sprint's plans to add small cells in urban areas and other high traffic areas in order to boost capacity.

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So these small cells are a part of the net vision strategy? Also what are Picos?

 

My basic understanding is that it's a small self contained cell tower. They have a much shorter range than traditional tower. I'm sure someone else here can give a more thorough answer.

 

Here's the wikipedia entry:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picocell

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Cells come in the following sizes:

 

Macrocell

Microcell

Picocell

Femtocell

 

Macrocells are the normal sized cells fed from towers. Usually a 1/2 mile or more in radius. Microcells are smaller. Picocells are smaller still. Femtocells are the smallest, usually planned for a single space or small building.

 

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Does Sprint have to have permits to build these picocells? And how hard would it be to get one put in a small residential neighborhood?

 

I don't think its hard at all. I saw an interview once where one of the sprint guys says that its a lot faster and cheaper to deploy picocells than trying to get a new tower permit.

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I don't think its hard at all. I saw an interview once where one of the sprint guys says that its a lot faster and cheaper to deploy picocells than trying to get a new tower permit.

 

Now if only there was broadband internet in my neighborhood at home, I could petition Sprint to deploy a picocell in my area. That would be great for cell service on my street.

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Does Sprint have to have permits to build these picocells? And how hard would it be to get one put in a small residential neighborhood?

 

It varies by locality. Just like Network Vision.

 

Robert

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Sprint's Iyad Tarazi said at CTIA that Sprint plans to introduce Airave hardware that supports CDMA1X 800. Does anyone else see the problem with using stronger propagation and limited bandwidth SMR 800 MHz spectrum in femtocells?

 

http://www.fiercewireless.com/ctialive/story/sprint-counts-600000-femtocells-plans-update-airave/2012-05-09

 

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Sprint's Iyad Tarazi said at CTIA that Sprint plans to introduce Airave hardware that supports CDMA1X 800. Does anyone else see the problem with using stronger propagation and limited bandwidth SMR 800 MHz spectrum in femtocells?

 

http://www.fiercewir...rave/2012-05-09

 

AJ

 

Nothing different than using a 1900MHz femtocell except the interference problems extend to a larger radius. Interference cancellation and radiated power control has to be more sophisticated than the original airave.

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