June 10, 2010
Sprint ranking is highest among all telecom carriers

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jun 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Sprint (NYSE:S) has received the top ranking among telecom providers, and the No. 3 ranking among all industry sectors, on the Everything Channel’s VAR500 list of North America’s top technology integrators for 2010.

The 16th annual VAR500 ranks the leading technology integrators and technology solution provider organizations in North America based on gross worldwide revenue from hardware and software sales, as well as earnings from professional and managed IT services.

"Sprint is honored to lead the telecom industry on the prestigious VAR500 list, which is a significant indicator of a company’s presence in the market for integrated services and emerging solutions," said Paget Alves, president-Sprint Business Markets Group. "Sprint brings a uniquely differentiated approach to solutions development, including our open approach to devices and applications, our 4G mobile broadband capabilities, and special units dedicated to vertical solutions and the rapidly emerging market for M2M (machine-to-machine) solutions."

Sprint delivers wireless, wireline and converged solutions through its Business Markets Group (BMG). BMG is a provider of end-to-end solutions, mobile broadband and M2M capabilities for enterprise, small and medium-sized business and public sector customers. Sprint continues to build on its expansive solutions portfolio, which is supported by 3G and 4G mobile broadband, Sprint’s Tier 1 global IP network and a growing ecosystem of M2M partners.

"The VAR 500 is the who’s who of the solution provider community. Microsoft, HP, Cisco, Symantec, among others, are highly reliant on the VAR 500 to sell their products to businesses and collectively this audience generated more than $500 billion in sales in 2009," said Kelley Damore, vice president and editorial director, Everything Channel. "Even more importantly, they solve customers’ biggest IT business problems through product integration, training, consulting and services. In companies large and small, the VAR 500 are considered integration experts, trusted business advisors and invaluable partners. We are honored to compile this list and represent this audience."

The complete listing of the VAR500 was published in print and online at CRN.com on May 24, 2010.

Other third-party recognition for Sprint’s BMG in 2010 include Frost & Sullivan’s top ranking for best Service Level Agreements on MPLS service and top honors in a survey by Yankee Group and Mobile Enterprise Magazine for best overall wireless voice and data satisfaction among enterprise customers.

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 served more than 48 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, and the first and only wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile and Assurance Wireless and instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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About United Business Media Limited (www.unitedbusinessmedia.com)

UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetization of B2B communities and markets. UBM’s businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities - from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists - with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

SOURCE: Sprint

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