Sprint (NYSE: S) is introducing two devices to its suite of indoor small cell solutions to improve data coverage and speeds in residences and businesses. The devices are a small femtocell and a new version of the Sprint Magic Box. Both are displayed this week at the company’s MWC Los Angeles 2019 exhibit (Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall #1702).
The Pebble femtocell, designed and built by Casa Systems, helps to provide a faster and more reliable data experience for customers. The device is the first femtocell from Sprint that offers an untethered WiFi backhaul option in addition to the standard Ethernet connection required in traditional femtocells. The Pebble uses the customer’s broadband connection rather than a cell tower connection so it can be used to provide service in areas outside of Sprint coverage. The WiFi backhaul option allows a customer to place the device anywhere in their home where Wi-Fi is available without having to worry about running or connecting additional cables to their home router.
The Pebble is dark grey with rounded edges, stands 6.5 inches square by 2.3 inches high, and weighs just one pound. Its style is designed to fit contemporary lifestyles and not be hidden away in a closet or basement. In addition, an install application is available for Android and iOS handsets to assist in the Pebble setup, making this Sprint’s easiest femtocell to install. The Pebble is expected to be available by the end of the year.
The Sprint Magic Box Silver offers a plug-and-play, installation-free feature that automatically connects to the Sprint network – improving data coverage and download and upload speeds indoors. Customers can also download an application for their handset to assist in configuration if desired. With the integrated LTE relay backhaul, Magic Box Silver enhances in-house LTE data coverage without relying on the fixed broadband connectivity.
October 24, 2019
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