Sprint Wins Three Mobile Breakthrough Awards for Innovative 5G Massive MIMO and SpiderCloud Small-Cell Technologies

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.Oct. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — For the second year in a row, Mobile Breakthrough has recognized Sprint (NYSE: S) with awards for outstanding mobile products. Sprint’s innovative Massive MIMO solution was selected as “Commercial 5G Solution of the Year,” while the company’s SpiderCloud small-cell solution for enterprises and public venues was honored as the winner of both the “Overall Wireless Broadband Solution” and “Next-Gen Wi-Fi Operator Deployment of the Year” awards. This follows the company’s win last year when Sprint Magic Box was named “Small Cell Technology Innovation of the Year.”

“We are investing heavily in our Next-Gen Network plan which uses the most advanced technologies and innovative solutions to enhance our LTE performance and build our mobile 5G network for customers of all sizes, from individual consumers to the largest enterprises,” said Dr. John Saw, Sprint chief technology officer. “We’re excited to be recognized for our innovative 5G approach using incredible Massive MIMO technology in split mode, as well as our use of SpiderCloud to help businesses and public venues quickly and cost-effectively enhance indoor service.”

“This year has certainly been the year of 5G for the entire industry, and Sprint is leading the charge in ushering in this new wireless revolution with their Next-Gen Network strategy and compelling wireless solutions,” stated James Johnson, managing director, Mobile Breakthrough. “We are thrilled to recognize Sprint as a multi-award winner in our annual awards program and we congratulate them on their significant achievements this year in delivering on the promise of groundbreaking new wireless technology and solutions.”

Commercial 5G Solution of the Year – Massive MIMO

Sprint’s Massive MIMO technology is capable of delivering up to 10 times the capacity of current LTE systems, delivering a game-changing 5G solution. This year, Sprint began deploying its Massive MIMO technology in several cities, including DallasLos Angeles, and New York where the company plans to launch mobile 5G service starting in the first half of 2019. Massive MIMO adds significant capacity to Sprint’s 4G network and dramatically increases data speeds to give customers an event better wireless experience. The technology will also help make the transition to 5G seamless through a simple software upgrade to Sprint’s base stations without tower climbs. This marks the second honor for Sprint’s 5G approach with Massive MIMO following its Leading Light Award for the “Most Innovative 5G Strategy” earlier this year.

Overall Wireless Broadband Solution and Next-Gen WiFi Operator Deployment of the Year – SpiderCloud

Sprint’s SpiderCloud small cell solution helps to increase wireless density and provide a better network experience for enterprises and public venues across the country. The SpiderCloud small cell, which clips onto existing Cisco WiFi infrastructure, can be installed in less than 30 minutes making it an easy deployment of in-building LTE. This Sprint Business solution can provide over a gigabit of capacity and seamless coverage across a public venue, enterprise or university campus as large as 1.5 million square feet.

The Mobile Breakthrough Awards honors excellence and recognizes 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 2,200 nominations for the 2018 Mobile Breakthrough Awards program were evaluated by an independent panel of experts within the wireless industry.

About Sprint:
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54.6 million connections as of June 30, 2018 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Today, Sprint’s legacy of innovation and service continues with an increased investment to dramatically improve coverage, reliability, and speed across its nationwide network and commitment to launching the first 5G mobile network in the U.S. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.