Sprint Signs Agreement with Cox® to Hasten its Network Densification

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The previous row between Cox Communications® and Sprint has eased to some extent, with the two companies having signed up for a new multi-year business agreement. This agreement will focus mainly on extending the wireless network owned and operated by Sprint. It will also pave the way for strengthening the position of the two companies through mutual collaboration. The two providers approved the agreement as part of settling the patent litigation. Under the agreement, Sprint will use the extensive broadband network and infrastructure owned by Cox® for the densification if its own network.

The deal will also help in increasing the efficiency of the macro backhaul and small cell deployment. According to Sprint, the new deal forged with Cox® is a positive move that will strengthen and accelerate the deployment of its network across the wide national service footprint of Cox®. It stated that the agreement would strengthen the business ties between the two companies. However, the two companies were silent regarding the provision or a possible MVNO agreement by Cox® with Sprint.

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John Saw, Chief Technology Officer of Sprint, said in a statement, “This is another opportunity to work with a strategic partner to accelerate our densification plans to improve our network performance and experience for Sprint customers throughout Cox’s national territory. Moving forward, we will continue to look for new opportunities to work with Cox® in ways that are mutually beneficial.” Cox® has remained independent, unlike other internet and cable TV providers, as it did not opt for an MVNO agreement with Verizon Communications.

Sprint is currently in the process of working out the deployment of small cells and other services in its network. It is pushing the densification of its network across the footprints to improve both its performance and customer experience. The new agreement reached with Cox® will aid Sprint considerably in accelerating the deployment of the Densification and Optimization toolkit owned by Sprint across Cox’s national service footprint.

This toolkit consists of numerous solutions from conventional macro towers to small cells such as Sprint Magic Box, repeaters, airpoles, and strand mounts. Steve Rowley, Executive Vice President at Cox Business®, said, “We are pleased to continue our positive, long-term working relationship that benefits both companies and consumers.” The signing of this new deal between Sprint and Cox® puts an end to the dispute that had arisen between the two companies.

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