Verizon and Samsung pursue the enterprise with new LTE network extender
Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is teaming with Samsung to offer improved indoor wireless coverage for its enterprise customers.
The companies announced the availability of an LTE network extender that uses small cell technology to boost weak coverage areas in businesses. The device is designed for buildings of 10,000 to 100,000 square feet, and a single unit supports roughly 42 concurrent users and 31,500 square feet.
Verizon is targeting hotels, hospitals, public safety offices, government agencies and remote and expansive operations facilities with the device. Pricing was not disclosed.
"The Samsung solution provides us with an offering for our enterprise customers that have significant volumes of devices, employees or guests that require a fast connection for 4G LTE," said T.J. Fox, a Verizon senior vice president of wireless enterprise.
Like some other carriers, Verizon is moving rapidly into small cells as a way to densify its network and improve coverage and overall service. CFO Fran Shammo said last month that Verizon continues to deploy small cells, in-building wireless systems and diversified antenna systems to meet consumer demand, and it is installing 400 small cells in San Francisco in advance of the upcoming Super Bowl.
Sprint, too, is aggressively pursuing small cells as a way to improve its network even as it cuts costs.
- see this Verizon and Samsung press release
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