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August 30, 2010

Sprint Partner Interexchange Network Community Gains Momentum with New Partner Agreements and 67 Million On-net Community Telephone Numbers

Sprint introduces termination-only Partner Interexchange Network (PIN) PIN offers infinite scalability and greater cost savings as partner community grows

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.Aug. 30, 2010 – Sprint (NYSE: S) began successfully passing Partner Interexchange Network (PIN) traffic in April and has expanded its PIN partner base, which currently consists of MSOs, ILECs, CLECs and others, creating an on-net community of 67 million telephone numbers, and is on target to reach 100 million by the end of the year. This growth will result in greater savings for all Sprint PIN customers.
 
In addition to these advancements, Sprint is now offering termination-only PIN, which allows customers an avenue to establish interconnection arrangements with Sprint’s growing on-net PIN community and their extensive off-net routes as a way to lower termination costs. This offering is ideal as a migration path for companies who have the potential to become an on-net PIN partner. Additional information is available on Sprint Wholesale’s recently refreshed website, poweryourideas.com.
 
“We are excited about the depth and scalability of our PIN product. Companies of varying sizes and priorities can find value in this product,” said Dan Dooley, president – Sprint Wholesale. “We continue to work aggressively to increase our community of numbers so our customers can enjoy the greatest amount of cost savings.”
 
As announced in October 2009, PIN provides 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. When there is a direct voice traffic exchange between partners, access termination fees and LEC tandem fees can be lowered or eliminated. 
 
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.
 
“Sprint’s new termination-only PIN offering positions Sprint to capture growing demand for wholesale VoIP termination. ATLANTIC-ACM’s recent survey of U.S. wholesale customers, indicated buyers expect spending on wholesale VoIP termination and wholesale VoIP interconnection to grow the fastest among all long-haul wholesale products,” said Aaron Blazar, vice president – ATLANTIC-ACM.

Sprint Wholesale provides customized wireless, M2M, wireline and VOIP services to hundreds of partners world-wide, who in turn serve millions of wireless and VoIP end-user customers. By reselling our leading-edge, world-class assets in white-label form, including an award-winning 3G network and the first 4G network available from a national carrier, Sprint has become a preferred provider of wholesale telecommunications solutions for businesses around the world. Sprint Wholesale thrives on helping our partners bring their unique ideas to life. Visit poweryourideas.com to learn more. 

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 served more than 48.1 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
 
ABOUT ATLANTIC-ACM
Boston-based ATLANTIC-ACM is a leading provider of strategic research and consulting services serving the telecommunications and information industries. In addition to producing the industry's principal benchmarking, sizing and opportunity studies, the company assists clients in evaluating telecommunications opportunities for successful investment, market entry and long-term planning. For more information, visit www.atlantic-acm.com.
 
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