OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Nov. 4, 2010 – Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced that it has received Authority to Operate (ATO) for the Managed Trusted IP Services (MTIPS) from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
“We’re already working with agencies to meet their cyber security requirements and OMB mandate for Trusted Internet Connections in anticipation of this ATO, and we expect to turn up our first MTIPS agency customer within the week,” said Bill White, vice president of Federal Programs, Sprint. “Agencies can now benefit from our global IP network and the MTIPS standard suite of managed security services via the Networx Enterprise contract. Sprint has a 20-year history of providing innovative, secure wireline and wireless solutions to federal agencies. As the longest continuous provider of FTS and Networx services, Sprint is well-positioned to review agency needs to help plan for and execute their most critical modernization, mobility and continuity goals.”
Sprint is also pleased to offer a promotion for any domestic MTIPS port and access order placed before Dec. 31, 2010. Sprint will post a one-time credit equal to one month of port and access monthly recurring cost on the agencies second invoice after service is installed.
MTIPS meets an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandate for bundled, secure managed Internet access solutions for federal government agencies. MTIPS is a modification to the Networx Enterprise contract that allows federal agencies to order IP services that comply with OMB Memorandum 08-05 that was issued Nov. 20, 2007. The OMB action calls for the implementation of the Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) mandate, which required agencies to reduce the number of connections to the public Internet and provide secure IP portals for agency traffic to and from the public Internet.
As the ongoing migration to IP-based and converged solutions has grown increasingly complex, many federal agencies are turning to industry-supplied managed services to free IT staffs to focus on mission-critical initiatives, while leaving the design, implementation and ongoing management of IP and network security solutions to Sprint. Sprint's managed service portfolio focuses on integrating managed network services, managed security, managed voice and managed wireless to provide agencies and businesses of any size with proactive end-to-end management of their full IP/MPLS/Wireless experience. Sprint is able to provide both bundled and a la carte managed security services, including Intrusion Detection and Prevention, secure managed email, anti-virus, and managed firewall services.
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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 48.8 million customers at the end of the third 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. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com