Sprint will use the biggest vendors to build its smallest cells

Sprint is selected two of its small cell manufacturers, Samsung and Alcatel-Lucent, which happen to be the same suppliers building its big macro networks. If vendor number three Ericsson also scores a win, Sprint’s heterogenous network will be very vendor homogenous.

Interview: Ericsson CEO on the rise of the HetNet

The heterogeneous network, or HetNet, will turn today’s big-tower cellular systems into dense, multi-layered and tremendously high capacity networks. Given the complexity of such systems, it’s easy to imagine HetNet as a technology of the future, but Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg says you would be wrong.