OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 5, 2009--
Sprint’s (NYSE:S) new Business Markets Group (BMG) is a significant
contributor to Sprint’s overall financial and operational results. In
the first quarter, revenue that can be attributed to business customers
was nearly $4 billion and was generated across both its wireless and
wireline networks. Internet revenues, which include IP data services,
grew 16 percent compared to first quarter 2008 principally due to
business customers. Sprint continues to be a top 25 supplier for the
federal government and its wireline business serves 93 percent of the
Fortune 500 companies.
In the first quarter, Sprint, the first national carrier to test, launch
and market wireless 4G technology, extended
its 4G leadership by announcing the launch of the next-generation
service in markets across the country. In 2009, the following markets
are expected to experience turbo-charged mobile broadband with speeds
three to five times faster than today’s 3G services (based on average
download speeds) – Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth,
Honolulu, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland and Seattle. Also available
for customers now is the Sprint 3G/4G USB Modem U300, which provides the
best of both worlds - the fast 3G speeds and turbo-charged 4G speeds
wherever 4G is available.
Sprint also announced that it’s helping businesses smoothly transition
Communications by integrating its Global MPLS network and SIP
(session initiation protocol) Trunking for customers who are deploying
Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Release2. Sprint is one of
the first U.S.-based providers of SIP Trunking services qualified for
use with Office Communications Server 2007 R2.
Sprint’s innovative technology helped businesses and government agencies
better serve their customers and more efficiently manage operations, as
well as enable their employees to work virtually anywhere. Recent
examples include --
Motor Company -- 2009 Ford F-Series and E-Series
vehicles, and soon Transit Connect vehicles, offer an in-dashboard PC
with internet connectivity via the 3G Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.
This offers businesses with field workers an unprecedented opportunity
for job-site productivity gains and cost reductions.
inauguration -- Sprint played a key role in this year’s
historic presidential inauguration, providing devices and priority
services to public safety officials. The company coordinated with law
enforcement and security details to ensure immediate, dependable
communications during the event.
Cardinal Health – A global manufacturer of medical and surgical
products and one of the largest distributors of pharmaceuticals and
medical supplies worldwide, Cardinal Health recently signed a large
contract for new Sprint wireless and wireline services.
Macy’s, Inc. – Macy’s contracted with Sprint for a variety of
wireline data and voice services to assist with business operations
and customer interactions.
Redbox Automated Retail, LLC – Their recent agreement includes
growth to more than 10,000 kiosks installed with Sprint Mobile
Broadband connection cards.
Cerner – Sprint worked with Cerner to sign a new master
services agreement, which introduces opportunities for them to use new
products and service in future. Cerner also renewed a Global MPLS
services contract. Cerner is the leading U.S. supplier of healthcare
information technology solutions that optimize clinical and financial
BMG brought value to businesses that want to save money and enjoy the
benefits of new devices in the first quarter.
Pro by Palm®
-- A smartphone that provides ease-of-use and robust features
combined with the reliability and manageability that IT departments
require. Business and government professionals can use it to take
advantage of the 3G Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, Wi-Fi, GPS and
Windows Mobile 6.1 capabilities.
8350i – Customers in construction, field services, transportation,
and manufacturing enjoyed the arrival of this much anticipated device
in U.S. retail stores in January. The most advanced push-to-talk
BlackBerry® smartphone ever, it operates on the Nextel
National Network and offers sub-second call set up to the world’s
largest push-to-talk community of millions of users.
Everything plan + Mobile Broadband -- Small business owners and
busy professionals can cut expenses with unlimited voice, text and
data for their phone, plus 5GB of Internet access for a laptop -- all
for $149.99 (taxes and surcharges excluded) per month. That’s a
savings of $599 annually compared to similar plans from Verizon and
AT&T1 -- a welcome savings that multiplies for
businesses with hundreds, or thousands of corporate-liable accounts in
this recessionary period.
Custom Plans – Designed for those interested in paying for only
the tools and applications that are critical to their business. The
new plans provide unlimited Direct Connect, Group Connect,
Mobile-to-Mobile, Text Messaging and Picture Mail, starting at only
$29.99 per month (taxes and surcharges excluded).
Sprint received customer service awards in the first three months of the
In a recent CIO Insight’s 2008 Vendor Value Survey measuring how
U.S.-based IT executives generally perceive the value of their
vendors’ product and service offerings and their overall satisfaction
with the support those vendors provide, Sprint was the highest ranked
telecommunications firm, above all others.
Millions of Sprint business and government customers are enjoying
improved networks – specifically fewer dropped calls and better call
quality. On March 18, Sprint received the J.D.
Power and Associates Award for “Highest Call Quality Performance
Among Wireless Cell Phone Users in the West Region in a Tie.”2
The creation of the recently-formed unit of 4,000 sales, support,
marketing and operations employees was lauded by Roger Entner, senior
vice president and head of the Research and Insights Telecom Practice
for the Nielsen Company.
“Creating a Business Markets Group that combines all business sales
assets of Sprint makes a lot of sense,” Entner said. “Business sales at
Sprint are poised to grow at a fast clip. As business preferences shift
to buying solutions such as converged services and mobile business
applications, BMG should be better able to execute than under the
Paget Alves, President of the new BMG, feels his team is structured
perfectly to meet the challenging and often costly communication needs
of government entities and businesses of all sizes. Supported by its
singular mission of providing the absolute best value for business and
backed by Sprint’s dependable and unique Now Network, Alves, recently
named one of 100 most powerful executives by Black Enterprise Magazine,
feels BMG, and Sprint, are poised for profitability in 2009.
“In a rapidly changing, recessionary environment, our unified
communications approach is ideal for a seamless, integrated experience
for business and federal customers,” Alves said. “No competitor can
match our strategic network assets, best-in-class convergence solutions,
3G and 4G technologies, special pricing and passion to make our
customers more productive.”
BMG will continue to build on Sprint’s business leadership with an
extensive portfolio of business products, services and applications. Get
more information about these business offerings at http://www.sprint.com/business/.
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 first quarter of 2009; industry-leading mobile data services;
instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a
global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
1 Savings claims based on base monthly rates for
unlimited anytime minutes options for Verizon Nationwide Premium (plus
Broadband Access) and AT&T Nation Talk Text & Web (plus Data Connect).
Excludes taxes, Sprint surcharges, fees and premium content.
2 Sprint Nextel received the highest numerical
score among wireless service providers in the proprietary J.D. Power and
Associates 2009 Wireless Call Quality Performance StudySM
- Volume 1. Study based on 27,754 consumer responses measuring
five providers in the West region (AZ, CA, CO, ID, IA, MN, MT, ND, NE,
NM, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY) and measures opinions of wireless users
about the call quality of their service. Proprietary study
results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed
in July - December 2008. Your experiences may vary. Visit
Stephanie Greenwood, 913-794-3658