Sprint (NYSE:S) and Cox Communications announced a new multi-year business agreement. The agreement, reached as part of a settlement of patent litigation between the to companies, is intended to allow Sprint to leverage Cox's broadband infrastructure to accelerate the densification of the Sprint network while simultaneously increasing efficiency of its macro backhaul and small cell deployment. Additionally, the agreement is intended to increase and strengthen other business ties between the two companies.
"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," said Sprint's Chief Technology Officer John Saw. "Moving forward, we will continue to look for new opportunities to work with Cox in ways that are mutually beneficial."
"We are pleased to continue our positive, long-term working relationship that benefits both companies and consumers," said Steve Rowley, executive vice president, Cox Business.
Through the deployment of small cells and other solutions, Sprint is working to increase the density of its network to improve performance and the customer experience. Sprint's Densification and Optimization toolkit includes solutions from traditional macro towers to small cells including Sprint Magic Box, airpoles, strand mounts and repeaters. Through the agreement with Cox, Sprint will accelerate deployment of that toolkit throughout Cox's national footprint.