April 07, 2009

Delivering federal agencies the power of industry-leading innovative technology today and into the future; Over 20 years of experience as a GSA telecommunications provider

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Apr 07, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced that it has been awarded the Managed Trusted IP Services (MTIPS) from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). MTIPS meets an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandate for bundled, secure managed Internet access solutions for federal government agencies. Agencies can now benefit from Sprint’s global IP network and managed services expertise to deploy the appropriate MTIPS solution to minimize risk and threats to federal information systems.

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 November 20, 2007. The OMB action calls for implementation of 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.

"In addition to the MTIPS award, Sprint has made a number of important modifications to its Networx Enterprise contract including a capability that extends the PBX functionality of a desktop phone to a wireless device, Private Wireless Network solutions and an exciting Unified Communications solution that allows customers to fully leverage your MPLS network for converged voice, data and video," says Bill White, vice president of Federal Programs at Sprint. "Sprint has a rich history of providing innovative, secure wireline and wireless solutions to Federal agencies. Sprint’s offerings under the MTIPS award will make it easier for government agencies to resolve their security challenges, both now and in the future."

With over 20 years of experience as a GSA telecommunications provider, a proven history of innovation, secure solutions and a dedication to service, Sprint offers agencies a seamless and interoperable communications environment.

"Federal agencies also benefit from Sprint’s broad portfolio of next-generation IP and converged solutions. These solutions provide agencies with the speed and flexibility they need to respond quickly to changing business conditions and enable their employees to work when and where they want," White added.

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 solutions are aligned with key technological trends and agency mission goals. As the longest continuous provider of FTS and Networx services, Sprint is well-positioned to review agency needs and help plan for, and execute their most critical modernization, mobility and continuity goals. Sprint’s managed service portfolio focuses on integrating managed network services, managed security, managed voice and managed wireless to provide businesses of any size with proactive end-to-end management of their full IP/MPLS/Wireless experience.

For any domestic MTIPS port/access order placed with Sprint before June 30, 2010, Sprint will post a one-time credit equal to one month port and access Monthly Recurring Costs (MRC) on the agency’s first available invoice when the port is installed. For international MTIPS service ordered before December 31, Sprint will post a one-time credit equal to the lower of one month’s port and access charge, or twice the port MRC on an agency’s first available invoice when the port is installed. For more information about Sprint’s offering in its Networx Enterprise contract, visit www.sprint.com/federal or call the Networx Program Office toll free at (866) 543-WORX (9679).

For more information on Sprint business 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 more than 49 million customers at the end of the fourth quarter 2008; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

SOURCE: Sprint

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