OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 30, 2009--
The city of Chicago, which has benefitted from a decade of speed and
reliability from Sprint#8217;s Now Network, has signed a $12 million
agreement with Sprint (NYSE:S) for five more years of wireless services.
The contract calls for Sprint to provide wireless services to all
government departments for the nation#8217;s third-largest city, including
voice and data solutions, the new and rapidly expanding Sprint 4G
technology, and a continuance of its industry-leading Nextel Direct
Connect. Renewing the wireless services contract will help the
government entities work even more efficiently while cutting costs.
Sprint, named Chicago#8217;s most reliable 3G network in a 13-city test by PC
World, has supported the city#8217;s communications needs for more than a
decade. In 2003, the Department of Buildings began using Xora GPS
TimeTrack, running on GPS-enabled Nextel handsets. The application
enabled supervisors to quickly and easily locate and manage field
building inspectors, resulting in improved staff communications and
better customer service.
Before deploying the Xora application, the city was already using Nextel
Direct Connect for back office communications. Nextel Direct Connect has
been the gold standard in push-to-talk for 20 years and remains the
fastest national push-to-talk network. It#8217;s the only national service
featuring guaranteed call setup in less than a second #8211; which means true
#8220;The city of Chicago and Sprint have an enduring partnership that has
been put to the test over the past 10 years,#8221; said Paget Alves,
president of the Business Markets Group, Sprint. #8220;Our wireless solutions
have been used very effectively by thousands of city workers during
large public gatherings, such as the President Obama event on election
night. This new contract reinforces Sprint#8217;s pledge to Public Sector
customers everywhere who want innovative, industry-leading solutions for
attaining operational efficiency and workforce mobility in a
Sprint, the first national carrier to market 4G technology, is adding
Chicago to its growing list of major metro areas enjoying the
next-generation service. The turbo-charged mobile broadband makes public
service workers more efficient with real-time, high-resolution video and
photo downloads, massive file downloads, enhanced security applications,
and instant mobile applications. Sprint serves the city of Chicago
through its newly-formed Business Markets Group (BMG). Composed of 4,000
sales, support, marketing and operations employees, Sprint#8217;s BMG is
dedicated solely to enterprise, general business and public sector
customers. BMG delivers wireless, wireline and converged solutions for
companies, drawing on the nation#8217;s most dependable 3G mobile broadband
network,* 4G capabilities that are well ahead of Sprint#8217;s competition,
the fastest national push-to-talk network,** and a comprehensive
solutions portfolio of devices and applications.
For more information on Sprint#8217;s business solutions, visit www.sprint.com/business
or contact your Sprint account team.
*#8220;Dependable#8221; based on independent, third-party drive tests for 3G
data connection success, session reliability and signal strength for the
50 most populous markets, January 2008 #8211; February 2009. Not all
services are available on 3G and coverage may default to separate
network when 3G is unavailable.
**#8220;Fastest#8221; based on initial call setup time.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive
range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the
freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users.
Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and
deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks
serving almost 49 million customers at the end of the second quarter of
2009; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and
international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet
backbone. The company#8217;s customer-focused strategy has led to improved
first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more
information, visit www.sprint.com.
Sukhi Sahni, 703-592-7779