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Sprint plans to accelerate its network densification efforts under a new agreement with cable operator Cox Communications.

The multi-year deal announced Thursday resolves a patent dispute between the wireless carrier and Cox. Sprint said that Cox's broadband infrastructure would allow the company to deploy cell towers and various small cell solutions, including its "Sprint Magic Box, airpoles, strand mounts and repeaters," more quickly. Sprint also said that the use of Cox's network would increase the efficiency of its backhaul.

The carrier previously announced an MNVO deal with Altice USA that would enable access to Altice’s wireline network and allow the cable company to begin offering its own wireless service on Sprint's network. Thursday's announcement did not mention whether Cox planned to leverage Sprint's network for its own wireless service.

"Moving forward, we will continue to look for new opportunities to work with Cox in ways that are mutually beneficial," Sprint CTO John Saw said in a statement.

Cox was one of several companies sued by Sprint for allegedly infringing on phone patents dating to the 1990s. 

"We are pleased to continue our positive, long-term working relationship that benefits both companies and consumers," said Cox Business EVP Steve Rowley.

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