Sprint, the nation's third-largest cellular carrier with 56 million mobile customers, spent about $700 million on its Network Vision initiative in the second quarter of 2012, according to analysts reviewing second quarter financial results.
Gubbons noted that Alcatel-Lucent appears to have the lead in the emerging small cell technology market over competitors Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Siemens.
He said the lead was not so much in share of the market, given the market is new in 2012, but due to Alcatel-Lucent's ability to ship products sooner than competitors.
Alcatel-Lucent also gets high points for its recent unveiling of a professional services offering focused on the deployment of small cells, Gubbons noted.
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