April 01, 2008

Frost & Sullivan Bestows Technology Leadership Award XOHM(TM) WiMAX on Display at CTIA Wireless 2008 Booth #1648

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 1, 2008--Mobile broadband leader Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced further progress with the development of its Mobile WiMAX network ecosystem, citing application program, wireless device and services developments which collectively will enhance the XOHM(TM) customer mobile Internet experience.

Sprint was recognized in 2008 with a Frost & Sullivan United States Technology Leadership Award for its commitment towards building out the first nationwide mobile WiMAX network. "Sprint has taken a leadership role in the WiMAX network development arena and is working collaboratively with ecosystem partners to bring advanced mobile broadband services to reality," said Barry West, president of Sprint’s XOHM business unit.

Sprint is working with WiMAX ecosystem partners and others to incorporate WiMAX technology in a range of computing, portable multi-media, interactive and other business and consumer electronic devices, and provide XOHM customers a unique mobile Internet services experience. Developments include:

  • A XOHM Application Developer Program anticipated for May 2008 to provide the global WiMAX developer community with the tools and process required to create and introduce innovative products for XOHM’s customer base. The program features an open environment, thorough documentation and requisite tools. Visit the developer portal at http://developer.xohm.com.
  • Nokia unveiled at CTIA Wireless 2008 the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet WiMAX Edition, a pocket-sized device which uses the XOHM network to untether the full richness of the Internet and popular Internet services and deliver them directly to people’s hands. The Nokia N810 WiMAX Edition will be available during the first half of 2008 for use in XOHM service areas.
  • Samsung Telecommunications America of Richardson, TX announced at CTIA the mid-year availability of the Samsung E100 PC Card, and the availability in the fall of the Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium Mobile PC. The devices will operate exclusively on Sprint’s XOHM mobile broadband Internet network.
  • Everex of Freemont, Calif. announced the intention to embed WiMAX wireless capability in an Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) powered by VIA’s new C7(R) processor. VIA and Everex will demonstrate at CTIA the new CloudBook(TM) Max with Built-in WiMAX(TM) capability from GCT Semiconductor for Sprint’s XOHM network.
  • Brightpoint North America L.P., a subsidiary of Brightpoint, Inc. of Plainfield, Ind. will provide a comprehensive logistics solution for several of XOHM’s distribution sales channels, including web-based and EDI ordering capabilities, distribution and fulfillment. Services will include inventory management, order processing, product fulfillment, Care support, invoicing, credit/collections, and reverse logistics support.
  • Nokia Siemens Networks of Irving, TX will implement its innovative Subscriber Data Management (SDM) solution based on a single, real-time common subscriber database that will simplify operations and enable Sprint to offer its customers a higher level of personalized broadband services. The solution also delivers the capability to integrate new applications quickly without service interruption, and the platform will support a host of IP and IMS-based services and applications over the XOHM WiMAX network
  • Starent Networks, Corp. of Tewksbury, Mass. will deploy the Starent ST40 multimedia core platform to provide subscriber management and mobility for XOHM WiMAX network customers, anchoring the subscriber’s connection and enabling roaming throughout the network.

Sprint will demonstrate Mobile WiMAX technology at booth #1648 during CTIA Wireless 2008 April 1-3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Press information for Sprint CTIA activities can be found at: www.sprint.com/presskits

These efforts are ultimately intended to allow Sprint customers to experience a nationwide mobile broadband network that is designed to offer faster speeds, lower cost, greater convenience and enhanced multimedia quality. The Sprint WiMAX mobile broadband network will use the company’s extensive 2.5GHz spectrum holdings, which cover 75 percent of the households in the top 100 U.S. markets. Additional information can be found at www.xohm.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 robust wireless networks serving approximately 54 million customers at the end of 2007; 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.


This news release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the securities laws. The statements in this news release regarding plans for the development and deployment of a broadband network based on WiMAX technology; the timing, availability, capabilities, coverage, and costs of the WiMAX network; products and services to be offered on the WiMAX network; and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. The words "estimate," "project," "forecast," "intend," "expect," "believe," "target," "providing guidance" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are projections reflecting management’s judgment and assumptions based on currently available information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements.

Future performance cannot be assured. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:

  • the uncertainties related to the implementation of the company’s WiMAX business strategy;
  • the costs and business risks associated with deploying a WiMAX network and offering products and services utilizing WiMAX technology;
  • the inability of third party suppliers, software developers and other vendors to perform requirements and satisfy obligations necessary to create the products and software designed to support WiMAX features and functionality, under agreements with Sprint Nextel;
  • the impact of adverse network performance;
  • other risks referenced from time to time the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, in Part I, Item 1A, "Risk Factors" and subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

Sprint Nextel believes the forward-looking statements in this press release are reasonable; however, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date of this release. Sprint Nextel is not obligated to publicly release any revisions to forward-looking statements to reflect events after the date of this release.

John Polivka, 972-405-5139

SOURCE: Sprint