Sprint’s newest innovation, Sprint Magic Box, has won the 2017 Mobile Breakthrough Award for Small Cell Technology Innovation of the Year.
The mission of the Mobile Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of mobile and wireless technology categories, including Cloud Computing, Mobile Management, Wireless and Broadband, Mobile Analytics, IoT and Smart City and many more. All nominations were evaluated by an independent panel of experts within the wireless industry.
As the world’s first all–wireless small cell, Sprint Magic Box improves data coverage and increases download and upload speeds on average by 200 percent.1 The breakthrough new technology allows Sprint to very quickly and cost–effectively densify its nationwide LTE Plus network, and provide an improved experience for its millions of business and consumer customers.
The Sprint Magic Box is an indoor, self-configuring small cell, about the size of a shoebox, that’s easy for customers to install. It requires no implementation, labor, or rental costs that are a hurdle for many traditional small cell deployments. The unit is simply placed near a window and plugged into a power outlet. Sprint Magic Box connects to a nearby Sprint cell site and within minutes is up and running. Customers immediately have a better experience inside their businesses and homes while streaming videos, surfing the web, and using their favorite online apps and services.
Sprint designed the Sprint Magic Box so that customers in surrounding areas will also enjoy the benefits of the locally installed unit. One Sprint Magic Box provides average coverage of 30,000 square feet indoors and can benefit adjacent Sprint customers inside the building. The signal can also extend coverage 100 meters outside a building, benefitting Sprint customers in nearby buildings and improving street–level network performance.
Sprint Magic Box is also a platform for innovation. In September Sprint began testing the potential of putting Sprint Magic Box into the air as a tool to bring in more coverage and capacity to support temporary spikes in network traffic – for example, at large events, venues or public gatherings. Sprint is also testing Sprint Magic Box as an aerial small cell solution for emergency response – for example, flying data service into hard-to-reach locations following natural disasters.