August 12, 2009

Nation’s 2nd Largest Provider of Waste and Environmental Services Connects Its National Operations with 23,087 Wireless Lines; Relies on Multiple Services Operating on Sprint’s iDEN and CDMA Platforms

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 12, 2009-- Sprint (NYSE:S) and Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG) today announced that Sprint will serve as Republic’s preferred provider for all wireless services.

The $30 million, two-and-a-half year agreement extends Sprint’s role, which in previous years has included push-to-talk services over the Nextel National Network and in-building coverage services provided by the Sprint Converged Network Solutions team. Sprint now has the opportunity to also provide CDMA-based services over the Sprint 3G Mobile Broadband Network.

Sprint will provide 23,087 wireless lines for Republic’s national operations, with the potential for thousands of additional activations.

“Sprint is proud to be associated with Republic as its preferred wireless provider,” said John Dupree, vice president – Enterprise & Federal, Sprint. “Republic is recognized for its innovative use of technology across different aspects of its business, including industry-leading green initiatives in the areas of recycling, increased fuel economy and the generation of clean, renewable energy. This smart deployment of technology extends to the strategic use of communications to serve its customers and communities with maximum speed and efficiency.”

Republic’s use of communications technology includes equipping drivers and other employees with Nextel Direct Connect® devices that enable instant communications on the fastest national push-to-talk network.* In addition to Nextel Direct Connect sub-second call set-up, Republic employees also rely on applications such as NextMail, which allows them to instantly send voice messages to fellow team members’ e-mail accounts. Under the new agreement, Sprint will provide additional voice and data services on America’s most dependable 3G network.**

“Sprint has proven its ability to design and support a suite of wireless services that helps fully optimize Republic’s fleet operations and achieve enhanced responsiveness to our customers,” said Bill Halnon, Chief Information Officer, Republic. “By extending our relationship to include Sprint’s full portfolio of wireless capabilities, we expect to benefit from a wider range of data services that will further contribute to our business performance, including reduced operational costs.”

Sprint serves Republic through its newly formed Business Markets Group (BMG). Composed of more than 4,000 sales, support, marketing and operations personnel, Sprint’s BMG is dedicated solely 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.

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

About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. has been building on success since its inception in 1998, becoming an industry-leading provider of waste and environmental services. The company provides trash collection services to commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers in 40 states and Puerto Rico through its 400 collection companies. Republic Services owns or operates 242 transfer stations, 213 solid waste landfills and 78 recycling facilities. The company is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona and has more than 35,000 employees. For more information, visit the Republic Services web site at

* “Fastest” based on initial call set-up time.

** “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 Jan. ‘08 to May ‘09. Not all services available on 3G and coverage may default to separate network when 3G unavailable.

Source: Sprint and Republic Services, Inc.

Stephanie Greenwood, 913-794-3658
Republic Services
Will Flower, 480-718-6565