Sprint Spark launches in 17 new markets

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Today Sprint customers in 17 new cities such as Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Sacramento, Seattle and the Minneapolis-St. Paul, now have access to the power of Sprint Spark™, an enhanced LTE service delivering peak wireless speeds of 50-60Mbps with increasing speed potential over time. Sprint Spark, available in 46 markets across the country, is expected to cover 100 million people by year-end. 

Today’s 17 new Sprint Spark markets include:

  • Bay City, MI
  • Midland, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  • Seattle, WA
  • Columbus, OH
  • Mount Vernon, OH
  • Sheboygan, WI
  • Denver, CO
  • New Philadelphia, OH
  • Tiffin, OH
  • Flint, MI
  • Ogden, UT
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Henderson, NC
  • Sacramento, CA

Sprint offers 38 Sprint Spark-enabled devices, including some of the world’s most popular devices such as the iPhone® 6, iPad Air™ 2, Nexus 6, Samsung Galaxy S® 5, LG G3, HTC One (M8) and many others. With its unique combination of network technologies, spectrum capacity and tri-band devices, Sprint Spark is designed to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications. It enables stutter-free video chat on-the-go and mobile gaming that leaves lag behind.

The Sprint network also includes nationwide HD Voice and 4G LTE service in 540 markets. In addition, Sprint’s Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program includes 27 carriers, with plans to extend 4G LTE coverage in 27 states, covering a population of more than 38 million. 

As part of a multi-year network overhaul, the company has transformed its network to deliver improved network performance. Sprint recently received 84 first-place or shared first-place RootScore® Awards for network reliability, call and/or text performance* in cities across the country, according to reports by independent mobile analytics firm RootMetrics®. Looking ahead, Sprint will continue to invest in its nationwide network by implementing new technologies and techniques to make the network more efficient and deliver improved performance and faster data speeds than before.

 

Sprint announces layoff of 452 jobs at headquarters

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Earlier this year in a Sprint SEC filing they announced their plan to cut costs by laying off employees to better meet the changing dynamics of the workplace. At the end of quarter 2 Sprint took a $160 million hit due to severance packages from the last round of layoffs after Marcelo Claure took over as CEO of Sprint. In a filing last Friday they announced that 452 jobs will be terminated at the company’s main headquarters after 477 job cuts earlier this year. The layoffs are to reduce company overhead as Sprint plays catch up deploying Sprint Spark 4G LTE coverage to areas to compete with Verizon’s XLTE network and AT&T’s 4G LTE coverage.

 

Cradlepoint COR IBR1100 & IBR1150 announced

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The CradlePoint COR IBR1100 & IBR1150 Series is a compact, ruggedized 3G/4G/LTE networking solution designed for mission critical connectivity in the most challenging environments.

Ideal for in-vehicle networks including police cars, ambulances, and mass transit, this cloud-managed solution provides organizations the ability to scale deployments quickly and manage their vehicle networks easily in real time.

With an extensive list of safety and hardening certifications, the COR IBR1100 is engineered to protect against extreme temperatures, humidity, shocks, vibrations, dust, water splash, reverse polarity and transient voltage.

Key Features:

  • Cloud Managed through ECM
  • Dual-Band, dual concurrent WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
  • Ruggedized for vibration, shock, dust, splash & humidity
  • Ignition sensing
  • Certified 3G/4G/LTE enterprise grade internal modems
  • Software defined radio supports multiple carriers (Gobi)
  • Built-in Transient and reverse polarity voltage protection
  • 9-36 DC voltage input range
  • Integrated temperature sensor
  • Active GPS support

Specifications:

WAN

  • Integrated 4G LTE modem (with 3G failover)
  • Three LAN/WAN switchable 10/100 Ethernet ports – one default WAN (cable/DSL/T1/satellite/Metro Ethernet)
  • WiFi as WAN, Metro WiFi; 2x2 MIMO "N" 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz; 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (IBR1100 only)

LAN

  • Dual-band dual-concurrent WiFi; 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (IBR1100 only)
  • Three LAN/WAN switchable 10/100 Ethernet ports – two default LAN
  • Serial console support for out-of-band management of a connected device
  • PORTS
  • Power

  • 2-wire GPIO

  • USB 2.0

  • 3 Ethernet LAN/WAN

  • 2 cellular antenna connectors (SMA)

  • 1 active GPS antenna connector (SMA)

  • 2 WiFi antenna connectors (R-SMA)

  • Serial DE-9 (commonly called "DB-9") connector – RS-232 (out-of-band management of an external device requires a null modem adapter/cable)

TEMPERATURE

  • −30° C to 70° C (−22 °F to +158 °F) operating
  • −40 °C to 85 °C (−40 °F to +185 °F) storage
  • Includes temperature sensor with options for alerts and automatic shutoff

HUMIDITY (non-condensing)

  • 5% to 95% operating
  • 5% to 95% storage

POWER

  • DC input steady state voltage range: 9–36 VDC (requires inline fuse for vehicle installations)
  • For 9–24 VDC installations, use a 3 A fuse
  • For > 24 VDC installations, use a 2.5 A fuse
  • Reverse polarity and transient voltage protection per ISO 7637-2
  • Ignition sensing (automatic ON and time-delay OFF)
  • Power consumption:

  • idle: typical=400mA@12VDC (4.8W); worst case=800mA@12VDC (9.6W)

  • Tx/Rx: typical=650mA@12VDC (7.8W); worst case=1300mA@12VDC (15.6W)

  • 12VDC 2A adapter recommended

SIZE – 5.3 in x 4.4 in x 1.4 in (134 mm x 112 mm x 35 mm)

WEIGHT – 16.1 oz (457 g)

CERTIFICATIONS

  • FCC, CE, IC
  • WiFi Alliance (IBR1100 only) – 802.11a/b/g/n certified, 802.11ac supported
  • Safety: UL/CUL, CB Scheme, EN60950-1
  • Hazardous Locations: Class I, Div. 2 (pending)
  • Shock/Vibration/Humidity: compliant with MIL STD 810G and SAEJ1455
  • Ingress Protection: compliant with IP64 (includes protection from dust and splashing water)
  • Materials: WEEE, RoHS, RoHS-2, California Prop 65
  • Vehicle: E-Mark, compliant with ISO 7637-2
  • Telecom: PTCRB/CTIA, GCF-CC

GPS

  • GPS Protocols: TAIP and NMEA 0183 V3.0
  • Accuracy:
  • < 2m: 50%
  • < 5m: 90%
  • Acquisition:
  • Hot start: 1 second
  • Warm start: 29 seconds
  • Cold start: 32 seconds
  • Sensitivity
  • Tracking: −161 dBm (tracking sensitivity is the lowest GNSS signal level for which the device can still detect an in-view satellite 50% of the time when in sequential tracking mode)
  • Acquisition (standalone): −145 dBm (acquisition sensitivity is the lowest GNSS signal level for which the device can still detect an in-view satellite 50% of the time)

  • Operational limits: altitude < 6000 m or velocity < 100 m/s (either limit may be exceeded, but not both)


Large Cradlepoint deployment? Request a formal quote
 

Sprint doubles the data for business customers

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sprint (NYSE: S) continues to keep its pledge to double the data compared to AT&T and Verizon1 at the same or lower price. Beginning Oct. 10, the Sprint® Business Share Plan will again double the data, now delivering 240GB to 800GB of data to business customers with 50 to 100 lines.

The latest promotion, running through Oct. 31, 2014, provides businesses double the data for $50 to $150 less per month than a similar promotion from AT&T. What’s more, Sprint will waive the $15 access charges for unlimited talk and text through the end of 2015 for customers who bring their number to Sprint and activate a phone. This new pricing promotion is available only through installment billing.


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The limited time promotion builds on the recent launch of the Sprint Business Share Plans. The affordable new pricing plans challenge the high cost of doing business with wireless companies by offering large amounts of data and savings – with double the data at pricing that is equal or less than comparable plans offered by the competition.

Poor Sprint Signal? Get a wireless repeater
 

Verizon expands 4G XLTE Coverage

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On September 18, Verizon Wireless announced that they have launched XLTE in 22 new markets, bringing double the 4G LTE bandwidth and greater peak speeds now in more than 400 markets coast to coast.

That means that 4 out of 5 Verizon Wireless 4G LTE markets, large and small, from New York to San Diego and from Chicago to Miami - and beyond - also now have Verizon Wireless XLTE.

Adding XLTE to Verizon’s 4G LTE network is like doubling the number of lanes on a freeway from 10 to 20. The extra lanes means traffic can move faster, but the speed limit hasn’t changed.

Your technology is only as good as the network it is on. The advantage of XLTE helps enable a more mobile lifestyle for customers who are continuously on the go – to watch video, access the Internet, connect to social media, and more. Below is a full list of markets that have been upgraded with XLTE support:

  • Blytheville, AR
  • Burlington, IA
  • Sterling, IL
  • Sterling, IL
  • Ft. Dodge, IA
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Pierre, SD
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Joplin, MO
  • Lihue, HI
  • Manitowoc, WI
  • Centralia, IL
  • Ocala, FL
  • Pine Bluff, AR
  • Pittsburg-Parsons, KS
  • Ponca City, OK
  • Port Angeles, WA
  • Sedalia, MO
  • Somerset, KY
  • Willmar-Marshall, MN
  • Worthington, MN
  • Zanesville, OH
 

Sierra Wireless certifies new third generation EM7345 4G LTE module on Verizon Wireless

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CTIA 2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) today announced that the Sierra Wireless AirPrime EM7345 embedded wireless module is now certified to operate on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. This is part of the third generation of 4G LTE modules from Sierra Wireless, which first launched embedded modules on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network three years ago. The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is the largest in the U.S., available to more than 97 percent of the population.

“With the latest AirPrime embedded module from Sierra Wireless, OEMs have a high-quality, cost-efficient option to choose in integrating connectivity to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network,” said John Sullivan, Executive Director of the Connected Solutions group for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Sierra Wireless has been working with OEMs to connect devices to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network since it was first deployed, and we are pleased to be able to expand the choices available to manufacturers looking to integrate connectivity to the Verizon Wireless network into their products.”

The AirPrime EM7345, based on an Intel chipset, is designed for integration into notebook computers and tablets, with a standardized M.2 form factor ideal for small, thin devices. When integrated into a notebook or tablet computer, it provides end customers with access to Verizon Wireless mobile broadband at their fingertips, eliminating the need to look for public WiFi networks to get online.

“Achieving Verizon Wireless certification is an important milestone for us,” said Horst Pratsch, Head of Multi-Comm Products at Intel. “Our LTE platform is designed to deliver mobile broadband in a small form factor that meets the needs of PC OEMs for laptops, tablets, and other devices where thinness is a strategic feature and a competitive advantage. We are excited to see devices based on this platform with integrated Verizon Wireless service come to market.”

“Verizon Wireless has been a leading force in providing 4G LTE network connectivity in the U.S.,” said Dan Schieler, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, OEM Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “This technology leadership has been instrumental in enabling the growth of the Internet of Things, and we are pleased to deliver our next generation module for the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.”

 

ATT 4G LTE network now reaches 300 Million People

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DALLAS, Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* announced today that its 4G LTE network – the nation's most reliable -- now reaches more than 300 million Americans.**

"The strong performance we saw in our mobility business in the second quarter is continuing, not only because of our new service and device plans, but because more customers can get it all on a fast, reliable 4G LTE network that now covers more than 300 million Americans," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. "Great service and strong customer loyalty begin with having a great mobile network for customers where they live. That's our number one priority and that's why our mobile business is hitting on all cylinders."      

AT&T's 4G LTE build out reached 300 million people months ahead of the yearend 2014 objective the company announced as part of its Project VIP plan in November 2012. Since then, wireless data traffic on AT&T's nationwide network has increased 2.5 times. With its Project VIP plan, AT&T is supporting its customers' growing desire for mobile, ultra-fast and reliable access to everything on the Internet, particularly video.

Over the past six years (2008 to 2013), AT&T has invested more than $140 billion into its wireless and wireline networks, including acquisitions of spectrum and wireless operations.  During that same period, AT&T has invested more capital into the U.S. economy than any other public company.

 
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