November 02, 2011

Sprint Recognized as a Leader in Analysys Mason M2M Scorecard

Sprint is top ranked North American-based provider

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 02, 2011 - Danny Bowman, president of Integrated Solutions Group at Sprint (NYSE: S), told the audience today during his Sprint Open Solutions Conference keynote address that Sprint ranked second overall in the Analysys Mason 2011 machine-to-machine (M2M) scorecard for communications service providers. Sprint received the top ranking among North American-based providers.

According to Analysys Mason, Sprint tied for the top position in the “M2M network” category, held the second position in the “M2M overall excellence” and “M2M partnerships” categories and performed strongly in most of the other categories. The report stated, “Sprint continues to emphasize the capacity and speed of its network, which will help it differentiate itself in a market where network speeds have received a lot of public criticism . . . Sprint has an impressive list of vendor partners, many of which speak quite highly of their engagement with Sprint. The Sprint M2M Collaboration Center in California is a well-conceived venue for bringing together partners across the value chain to create innovative M2M solutions.”

Bowman said, “Sprint’s strong ranking in the Analysys Mason M2M scorecard reinforces the value of our open approach to M2M, backed by the strength of networks. Being designated as the top North American-based M2M provider is an especially significant honor for us and an affirmation of the confidence shown in Sprint by our growing base of M2M customers and partners.”

Analysys Mason’s “M2M CSP scorecard” is a ranking of 12 global Communications Service Providers (CSPs) according to how they are performing in matters related to M2M and how they are positioned for growth in this market. The data comes from a questionnaire that participating CSPs completed during June and July 2011. The data was compiled into a series of categories and used to create the M2M CSP scorecard.

According to Steve Hilton, head of Analysys Mason’s Enterprise Program, “We were very impressed with Sprint’s network insights and the impacts of M2M on its network and business. Sprint’s hard work in M2M is paying off as they continue to build a vibrant partner ecosystem supported by Sprint’s R&D efforts. We were pleased to have Sprint show itself a leading player in M2M.”

Sprint’s report is available at www.sprint.com/whitepapers.

Analysys Mason’s report, M2M scorecard for communications service providers: 2011, is available at http://www.analysysmason.com/Research/Content/Reports/RRE04_M2M_CSP_scorecard_Oct2011/

About Sprint Emerging Solutions Group

The Sprint Emerging Solutions Group (ESG) is an industry leader in machine-to-machine (M2M) and embedded solutions. ESG delivers a full complement of assets critical to successful M2M and embedded solutions deployments. These include network agnostic capabilities (including 3G, 4G, CDMA and a reliable Tier 1 IP network); specialized industry solutions engineering teams; an open approach to devices and applications through the company’s Open Device Initiative; an expansive M2M partner ecosystem; and the ability to provide customer solutions that can include distribution, branding, billing and customer care services. To learn more, view this special “What if …” M2M video and visit www.sprint.com/m2m.

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 53 million customers at the end of 3Q 2011 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, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 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 or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

About Analysys Mason

Analysys Mason delivers strategy advice, operations support, and market intelligence worldwide to leading commercial and public-sector organizations in telecoms, IT, and media. Analysys Mason consistently delivers significant and sustainable business benefits. We are respected worldwide for the exceptional quality of our work, our independence and the flexibility of our teams in responding to client needs. The company has over 250 staff worldwide, with headquarters in London and offices in Cambridge, Dubai, Dublin, Edinburgh, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, New Delhi, Paris, Singapore and Washington DC. You can learn more and visit Analysys Mason at www.analysysmason.com.


Stephanie Greenwood, 913-315-1612

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