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About SciWiNet:

The Science Wireless Network, or SciWiNet,  is an NSF funded research project that  builds and operates a nationwide wireless network that supports the academic research community.  SciWiNet is based on an Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) model. An MVNO is an entity that re-sells cellular services from a wireless network operator. Typically MVNOs cater to focused user communities. For example VirginMobile and Straight Talk cater to customers that require single devices with low service rates.  Other MVNOs support vertical or focused markets such as Kajeet (education).  This article provides further background on MVNOs

The academic research community is extremely diverse with respect to wireless infrastructure requirements.  WIreless network research has long utilized experimental wireless networks.
However, traditionally these systems have been limited to wireless systems such as 802.11, Bluetooth or Zigbee that utilize unlicensed  spectrum.   Further, these testbeds are generally limited in scale in terms of geographic footprint as well as in terms of diversity of radio access and device technology.  Recent commercial adoption of advanced 4G networks now makes commodity 3G/4G wireless networks of interest both  to the wireless research community  as well as to the broader research community.  Widely available broadband wireless data connectivity is enabling research in application domain areas such as intelligent transportation systems, smart structures, the SmartGrid, environmental and agricultural sensing to name a few.  Non-engineering research areas such as education, public health, social science can (and are) making use of 3G/4G data connectivity. .

SciWiNet  was inspired by these trends. The goal of SciWiNet is to build wireless infrastructure that supports current and emerging wireless requirements of the academic research community. Through benefits of scale, SciWiNet will enhance the ability of the research community to integrate 3G/4G wireless in their respective research.  The project is described as follows: 

The project is currently in a requirements gathering phase.  If you would like to follow this project, please join our community by going to our 'Sign Up' page.  For this phase of our project, there are two approaches that we have identified to make SciWiNet available: 

Important facts about SciWiNet:


SciWiNet provides 3G/4G coverage based on Sprint's cellular  footprint.  Sprint's 3G network is widely available across the United States.  Sprint's 4G network is transitioning from WiMAX to LTE.  Sprint's  LTE network uses different spectrum depending on location.  Refer to our Device Page for a detailed discussion of device choices.

Please see this page to determine Sprint's 3G/4G coverage in your area of interest:  Sprint's Coverage Map.

Please refer to SciWiNet's coverage map to view data that has been shared by SciWiNet Coverage Map.  Please refer to our SciWiNet's tools page for further discussion of this page.


SciWiNet supports all devices that Sprint offers to MVNOs.  The majority of Sprint's branded devices are supported by SciWiNet.  The most significant exception is  Apple's  devices.   Apple forbids their devices (iPhone, iPad)   to be used on re-seller networks.

Please see this page for further a detailed discussion on devices:  Device Page.

Contact Us:

For further information please send an email to contact@sciwinet.org.

For technical issues, please send an email to support@sciwinet.org.

The contact information for SciWiNet Principal Investigators:


Mailing Address:

Attention: Dr. Jim Martin
211 McAdams
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634

Page last updated: 2/4/2014