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On site at a Sprint cell: Gear shrinks while coverage grows

The carrier's Network Vision project is bringing multiple networks into one cabinet

  • The view from one Sprint Nextel cell site on a rooftop in San Francisco includes the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • At a rooftop cell site in San Francisco, a Sprint Nextel antenna, left, is mounted on above two radio heads, one for 1.9GHz frequencies and one for 800MHz.

  • Inside Sprint Nextel's Network Vision cell-site cabinets, there are rack-mounted modules called "digital units" for each network the carrier operates. The gear here was made by Samsung.

  • In its Network Vision project, Sprint Nextel is incorporating modules for all its mobile networks in a single cabinet like this one at a cell site in San Francisco.

  • The cover page of a US federal complaint filed in New Jersey against eight people alleging wire fraud and money laundering.

  • The view from one Sprint Nextel cell site on a rooftop in San Francisco includes the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • At a rooftop cell site in San Francisco, a Sprint Nextel antenna, left, is mounted on above two radio heads, one for 1.9GHz frequencies and one for 800MHz.

  • Inside Sprint Nextel's Network Vision cell-site cabinets, there are rack-mounted modules called "digital units" for each network the carrier operates. The gear here was made by Samsung.

  • In its Network Vision project, Sprint Nextel is incorporating modules for all its mobile networks in a single cabinet like this one at a cell site in San Francisco.

  • The two Sprint Nextel cabinets on the right can do the work of all the older boxes on the left, plus handle new services.

  • Sprint Nextel gave reporters a tour of a rooftop cell site in San Francisco on Tuesday.

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