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September 30, 2009

Sprint SIP Trunking Provides Immediate Cost Savings and ROI for Businesses

Now Available for All Businesses; Eliminates Need for Costly Local Business Lines or Trunks

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 30, 2009-- In an environment where cutting costs and streamlining communications tools are critical for businesses to rapidly gain productivity and increased return on investment (ROI), SIP Trunking is an ideal solution for businesses of any size. Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced the general availability for all business customers of SIP Trunking, which leverages Sprint Global MPLS by using a single IP connection to facilitate the convergence of voice, data and video communication. This convergence reduces local, long-distance and calling feature expenses.

“The advantages of SIP Trunking are in its flexibility and scalability, leveraging the power of Sprint’s Global MPLS network,” said Paget Alves, president of Business Markets Group, Sprint. “SIP Trunking is critical to delivering more value to our business customers because it eliminates the costly local trunks a business would need to purchase from local telephone companies and allows them to share capacity over one IP connection for multiple locations and applications.”

SIP Trunking is an important enabler for VoIP and unified communications deployment. It has been available since early this year specifically to support businesses with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2. In fact, Sprint was one of the first U.S.-based providers of SIP Trunking services qualified for use with Office Communications Server 2007 R2.

“The integration of Sprint SIP Trunking with Office Communications Server 2007 R2 allows businesses to further consolidate communications workloads into the IP network,” said Moz Hussain, director of Unified Communications Group, Microsoft Corp. “Services including voice conferencing and telephony can be delivered efficiently to help customers save costs and see increased value with unified communications.”

Sprint’s simple and flexible MPLS solution is the foundation for SIP Trunking and allows IP PBXs to deliver the features and functionality of combined local LEC and LD-provider services along with Class of Service support of other real-time data. It also can provide connections to industry-leading unified communications applications based on SIP, a signaling protocol for setup and teardown of voice communications sessions over IP networks.

Sprint SIP Trunking provides the following advantages to customers:

  • It reduces or eliminates costly local trunks and access lines.
  • Includes any distance calls between enterprise locations with the service at no additional charge.
  • It reduces the amount of trunking equipment on the customer premise.
  • It maximizes efficiency of voice, video and data by converging these over a single IP connection via the Sprint MPLS network.
  • Environmentally, the reduction of needed equipment results in reduced power consumption and overall carbon footprint.
  • Communications are transported over a highly secure Sprint MPLS network.
  • It provides Sprint as a single source for communication needs, thus simplifying vendor management.

In addition to SIP Trunking, Global MPLS and Mobile Integration are also integral to Sprint’s strategy to enable its partners’ unified communications services with best-in-class convergence solutions. In May, Sprint announced how it is collaborating with Cisco, IBM and Microsoft to enable unified communications to help businesses and government agencies increase productivity and customer satisfaction while driving down costs. Unified communications solutions integrate day-to-day communication tools such as e-mail, voice mail, instant messaging, calendars, fax, and audio/video conferencing into a single platform and a common user experience.

Sprint SIP Trunking is 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

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



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