October 12, 2009

Sprint Establishes New Voice over IP (VoIP) Community Solution to Provide Significant Cost Savings to Wholesale VoIP Customers

The Partner Interexchange Network (PIN) Provides Cost-Effective Alternatives for Companies Looking to Lower Their Traditional Long-Distance Fees PIN Offers Infinite Scalability and Greater Cost Savings as Partner Community Grows
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Oct 12, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- In a move that will provide exceptional value to long-distance service, Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today the availability of the Partner Interexchange Network (PIN) to provide business-to-business wholesale exchange of voice traffic. The Sprint PIN service sets up a community of partners who can directly exchange VoIP service between themselves while operating on Sprint's global Tier 1 IP network. Because there is a direct exchange between partners, access termination fees and LEC tandem fees can be lowered or eliminated.

Whereas traditional methods of voice traffic delivery operate through the Public Switch Traffic Network (PSTN) and can be expensive, PIN will allow direct exchange between voice network operator partners using VoIP on the international Sprint IP network. Using a switchless routing framework based on Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), minutes that cross the PIN architecture are charged at a lower rate than traditional PSTN networks and drive down transport costs. Leveraging next-generation network routing technology, PIN delivers high-quality, low-cost VoIP exchange to multiple on-net partner network destinations (in contrast to establishing multipeering arrangements with multiple partners) and terminations to the PSTN.

The greatest advantage of PIN is the infinite ability to scale that it provides. The larger the partner community, the greater the volume of traffic it can support, delivering cost savings to partners. Additionally, PIN supports multiple verticals. From wireline carriers and wireless providers to cable companies, PIN appeals to a broad number of industry and company types. In addition to PIN's obvious advantage over the expense of PSTN, PIN delivers far greater scalability than traditional VoIP peering, offering operators a strategic approach to staying competitive.

"Operators are searching for alternatives for how to deliver voice and data traffic," said Dan Dooley, president of Sprint Wholesale Solutions. "At Sprint, we are seeing greater demand for Voice over IP services. As more companies adopt VoIP and migrate away from traditional TDM voice services, there is a definite need for affordable, scalable technologies to securely exchange voice traffic. This is what PIN provides." For more information, visit: http://sprint.com/wholesale/partner_interexchange_network.shtml


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's customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

SOURCE: Sprint

Kathleen Dunleavy, 310-709-3689

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