November 10, 2011
Sprint Selected to Support Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation on National Wireless Contract
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), November 10, 2011 - Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced that it will play a central role in the wireless future of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) with a new multiyear wireless contract valued at more than $36 million. The agreement will provide wireless services to the FAA and DOT for up to five years and includes voice, mobile broadband, and mobile computing services.
Information Technology (IT) services represent the largest cost category in the FAA’s budget after personnel. The selection of Sprint directly supports the agency’s ability to cost-effectively optimize resources, manage expenses, and harness the power of Sprint’s next-generation network technologies to support FAA information services and information systems. A mobilized workforce helps enable the FAA organization to carry out virtually all business functions in a responsive, flexible and efficient manner, promoting and facilitating the optimization of IT resources, and exercising solid stewardship of the agency’s IT enterprise.
“We are proud that the FAA will continue to rely on Sprint to provide innovative and efficient wireless solutions to support its mission of providing the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world,” said Bill White, Sprint vice president-Federal. “In conjunction, our federal dedicated care team will be intensely focused on wireless expense management to help the FAA Wireless Program Office stretch their limited IT budget. It’s not enough to just lead with innovative technology. These tough budget times drive a real responsibility to help agencies maximize every dollar they spend while reducing the time and energy spent on managing their wireless services.”
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.
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