July 2017:Sprint uses it favorable spectrum position for small-cell differentiation

Author: Dr. Phil Marshall

Bottom Line: Sprint is accelerating its small-cell deployments with innovative strategies that capitalize on its favorable radio spectrum position. To ease radio planning challenges, Sprint has dedicated a portion of its 2600MHz TDD spectrum for small-cell access, and in some cases, has used the same spectrum band for small-cell back-haul.

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About the Author
Dr. Phil Marshall

Phil Marshall is the Chief Research Officer of Tolaga, where he leads its software architecture and development, and directs tolaga's thought leadership for the internet-of-things (iot) and mobile industry research. before founding tolaga, Dr. Marshall was an Executive at Yankee Group for nine years, and most recently led its service provider technology research globally, spanning wireless, wireline, and broadband technologies and telecommunication regulation. He serves on the Advisory Board of Strategic Venue Partners, is an Industry Advisor for Silverwood Partners – Investment Bank, and was a non-Executive Board Member of Antone Wireless, which was acquired by Westell in 2012.

Marshall has 20 years of experience in the wireless communications industry. He spent many years working in various engineering operations, software design, research and strategic planning roles in New Zealand, Mexico, Indonesia and Thailand for Verizon International (previously Bell Atlantic International Wireless) and Telecom New Zealand.

In addition, Marshall was an Electrical Engineer at BHP New Zealand Steel before he attended graduate school. He has a PhD degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, is a Senior Member of the IEEE and the Systems Dynamics Society. His technical specialty is in radio engineering and advanced system modeling, and his operational experience is primarily in communications network design, security and optimization.