Sprint addresses data offload in public buildings

Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) is working with AirWalk Communications to bring to market an enterprise femtocell to Sprint's in-building solutions product portfolio.

AirWalk said the product, branded Sprint Airave Pro Connect, is the world's first enterprise-grade CDMA-based femtocell, and it is being deployed to bolster coverage and capacity and offload data traffic at enterprises, campuses, government buildings and other public venues.

Ericsson, which is managing Sprint's network, is serving as the primary integrator for the femtocell platform.

 "Our AIRAVE Pro Connect trial customers have experienced exceptional in-building service for both voice and data," Mike McRoberts, director of product management with Sprint, said in release. "Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices are becoming essential everyday communication tools for business customers. The enterprise femtocell will help Sprint expand its in-building opportunities and proactively accommodate the anticipated traffic growth for in-building mobile devices."

The device is a dual-mode (1xEV-DO and 1xRTT) device that accommodates up to 32 data and 29 voice users simultaneously. The enterprise femtocell has a wall-mount package with self-optimizing, plug-and-play installation and has multi-device clustering capabilities to support larger coverage areas.

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