July 11, 2007
Businesses Achieve Efficiency and Path for Future Growth with IP-Based Solutions from Sprint
Sprint now supports more of its customer locations on IP-based WAN solutions than on legacy data services; results in strong customer satisfaction
Overland Park, Kan. - July 11 - Sprint is leading the way in helping businesses evolve from legacy data and voice services to more robust IP and converged solutions. Sprint's focus on next-generation IP and converged services is another example of how we are leveraging our advanced networks to bring SprintSpeedTM to business. By making the move to Sprint IP-based business solutions, customers can benefit from cost-savings and a flexible foundation that scales for future growth and allows easier migration to next generation technologies and business applications.
One example is Graebel Companies, the world¡¦s largest privately-held relocation company specializing in residential and commercial relocation services. ¡§Sprint¡¦s expertise in the configuration and construction of our new network made a very difficult, potentially disruptive change go virtually unnoticed by the business,¡¨ said Don Tarkenton, senior vice president and chief information officer at Graebel Companies. Graebel has deployed Sprint¡¦s Multiprotocol Label Switching Virtual Private Network (MPLS VPN) technology in over 70 locations throughout the U.S. to support corporate email, web portal access for relocation customers, internal access to corporate applications, and file transfer of relocation management documentation.
Tarkenton added, ¡§Through the implementation of our new state-of-the-art MPLS data communications network, Graebel is positioned to take advantage of a consolidated, high-performance corporate networking technology enabling more proactive network management, providing for change management in real-time, and creating a foundation that will support future cost savings."
Use of IP-based solutions overtakes legacy services
With continued focus on helping business customers evolve from legacy wide area networking data services to innovative IP solutions, Sprint now supports more of its customer locations on its IP-based wide area networking (WAN) platforms than its legacy services such as frame relay and ATM. This reflects Sprint¡¦s strength in assisting new customers with IP and converged solutions, as well as success in its ongoing initiative to upgrade legacy services customers to IP services such as Global MPLS VPN and SprintLinkSM Frame Relay.
¡§Sprint¡¦s support of IP WAN services surpassing that of legacy services represents a key milestone for Sprint and validates that our customers share our commitment to the future of wireline services through a strategic focus on IP-based solutions,¡¨ said Dan Dooley, vice president of sales and distribution for Sprint. ¡§With IP WAN solutions, our customers enjoy greater value than legacy solutions and provide industry-leading service level agreements, flexible business-enabling service options, and support for converged solutions like voice over IP and video conferencing. Additionally, our customers indicate that they are very satisfied with Sprint¡¦s performance and attention they receive during the migration process.¡¨
Sprint¡¦s vision of business mobility is based on a network architecture centered on a common IP-based core that supports an array of business applications including a variety of wireline and wireless access options. For additional information on Sprint Global MPLS VPN, contact Sprint Business sales at 1-877-579-3282 or visit :
According to the recent Forrester Wave report, ¡§Global WAN Services, Q2 2007,¡¨ Sprint was cited as a strong performer in Global WAN services. As noted in the executive summary of the report -- ¡§Sprint deserves strong consideration by companies with GWAN sites located mostly in the United States and the approximately 30 industrialized and emerging foreign markets reached directly by its all-IP international backbone network. Its longstanding reputation for technical excellence is reflected in its top rated global end-to-end MPLS SLAs and flexible service offer, and its pricing model for site-to-site international MPLS VPN services is the best among its peers.¡¨ To view the report, please see http://www4.sprint.com/whitepapers/index.jsp.
Over the last 18 months, Sprint has averaged monthly double-digit growth in its flagship Global MPLS VPN service. During 2006 and 2007, Sprint expects to have invested approximately $1.4 billion in its wireline network. Sprint's Tier 1 Global IP network is a next-generation platform that enables value-added wireline-wireless integration for both the consumer and enterprise segments. In addition to supporting MPLS VPN and IP-based WAN services the wireline backbone plays a critical role for Sprint initiatives that include wireless traffic backhaul and its growing cable VoIP business.
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 robust wireless networks serving 53.6 million customers at the end of the first-quarter 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
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