May 21, 2007
NTT Communications and Sprint Collaborate to Expand Global MPLS Capabilities in Asia-Pacific Region for Sprint Customers
TOKYO & OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 21, 2007--To meet the growing communications needs of multinational corporations, NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) and Sprint (NYSE: S) are collaborating to complement Sprint Global MPLS capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region by interconnecting the two companies' global data networks. This collaboration will enable businesses to converge data, voice and video on a single, secure network platform with the flexibility and scalability to meet long-term customer requirements.
The agreement allows Sprint to extend its existing Asia-Pacific capabilities and footprint by leveraging NTT Com's extensive coverage of MPLS-based IP-VPN, a secure and seamless full-mesh global network, to satisfy Sprint customers' increasing demands for connectivity in this region. Initially, NTT Com will help facilitate connectivity in five countries - the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia - to enhance existing Sprint capabilities. Other countries are planned for addition in the near future. Networks will be interconnected in Hong Kong and Singapore, and service will begin June 1, 2007.
"NTT Com's highly reliable and secure networks provide a primary connectivity option for multinational corporations doing business in the Asia-Pacific region, where we established strong partnerships with local carriers for stable operation," said Masaaki Takenaka, vice president of NTT Com's Global Business Division. "We are proud of Sprint's decision to utilize our service for their enterprise customers' Asia-Pacific network needs."
"As part of our ongoing global MPLS expansion to wherever our customers are doing business, Sprint is working with regional and global service providers, such as NTT Com, to augment our wholly-owned capabilities," said Dan Dooley, vice president of international and wholesale markets for Sprint. "We believe the complementary nature of NTT Com's network will significantly benefit our customers through fully managed network solutions with seamless connectivity, security, redundancy and quality of service."
This builds on the relationship established in 2005 to interconnect NTT Com with the Sprint IP-VPN network in the United States, which supplemented NTT Com's global network coverage previously established in the United States.
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.
About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) provides information and communications technology (ICT) solutions worldwide with dedicated professionals stationed in 21 countries. Renowned as an IPv6 technology pioneer and managed service expert, NTT Com offers diverse high-quality IP, Web-based, and managed network solutions combining network management, security, ubiquitous, Web portals/engines, and global services. Its world-class Tier 1 Internet backbone and secure closed networks with over 98,000 MPLS ports, combined with the networks of partner companies around the world, connect more than 200 countries. The company earned non-consolidated revenues exceeding one trillion yen (about US $1.2 billion) in fiscal 2005 ended March 31, 2006. NTT Com started as a long-distance phone company in 1999 after the reorganization of the NTT Group, and is the wholly-owned subsidiary of NTT, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies. NTT is listed on the Japan, London and New York stock exchanges. Please visit www.ntt.com.
Stephanie Greenwood, 913-794-3658
Global Business Division, NTT Communications Corporation
Mayuko Nishida or Shihoko Kato, +81 3 6800 4500
SOURCE: Sprint Nextel