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August 31, 2009

Sprint Managed Network Solutions Power Next Generation Technologies for Businesses

Bonnier Corporation Relies on Sprint for End-to-End Network Design and Management

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 31, 2009-- Constantly evolving business applications, technologies and network infrastructure can bring complex management challenges to corporate IT departments. With its focus on delivering converged wireless and wireline solutions to businesses, Sprint (NYSE: S) is well-positioned to understand such complexity and to support customers with a robust portfolio of managed network solutions to meet the varied needs.

About 10 years ago, Sprint was at the forefront in offering managed services when it became the first Internet provider to offer a comprehensive managed IP VPN service for data. Sprint continues to enhance its managed solutions portfolio to help business customers optimize their network and align IT strategies with business priorities – whether it’s planning, implementing or end-to-end management of converged voice and data networks.

“Sprint Managed Network Solutions are critical to enabling complex business applications and next generation technologies, including those that enable unified communications,” said Tim Donahue, vice president of Business Marketing, Sprint. “The integrated and scalable solutions we offer give companies the flexibility to combine service and support when and where needed, ensuring applications run efficiently and at peak performance now and in the future.”

For many years, Sprint has been the data provider to Bonnier Corporation, one of the largest consumer publishing groups in the United States. Bonnier recently experienced significant growth because of multiple acquisitions. They use an MPLS networking solution to gain the security and flexibility needed for their rapidly expanding business. Bonnier has relied on Sprint for managed network services to help design and implement a scalable MPLS network to consolidate facilities and to converge all voice, video and data on the same network.

“Sprint has been a vital partner, working closely with us to ensure a smooth same-day implementation,” said Tim Hagan, director of Information Technology, Bonnier Corporation. “The managed services team acts as the eyes and ears of the network, and they proactively make sure the network is running at its maximum potential and act immediately to resolve any issue.”

Whether the need is for a turnkey, top-tier option or a lesser level of support, Sprint Managed Network Solutions enable businesses to:

  • manage costs while maintaining a secure, reliable, and flexible network.
  • manage and monitor increasingly complex network infrastructure to maximize security and minimize downtime.
  • optimize IT resources, focusing those individuals’ energies on strategic business initiatives rather than the tasks of keeping up with evolving network technologies.

Sprint Managed Network Solutions are available through Sprint’s newly formed Business Markets Group (BMG). Composed of more than 4,000 sales, support, marketing and operations personnel, BMG is solely dedicated to enterprise, general business and public sector customers. BMG delivers wireless, wireline and converged solutions for companies, drawing on the nation’s most dependable 3G mobile broadband network,* 4G capabilities that are well ahead of Sprint’s competition, the fastest national push-to-talk network,** and a comprehensive solutions portfolio of devices and applications.

For more information on Sprint converged solutions, visit www.sprint.com/convergence or contact your Sprint account team. To join in the latest discussions and learn more about business solutions available through wireline convergence, visit the Seamless Enterprise at www.seamlessenterprise.com.

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

* “Dependable” based on independent, third-party drive tests for 3G data connection success, session reliability and signal strength for the top 50 most populous markets from January 2008 to May 2009. Not all services available on 3G and coverage may default to separate network when 3G unavailable.

** “Fastest” based on initial call setup time.

Source: Sprint

Media:
Sprint
Stephanie Greenwood, 913-794-3658
Stephanie.greenwood@sprint.com



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