Now Available for All Businesses; Eliminates Need for Costly Local
Business Lines or Trunks
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 30, 2009--
In an environment where cutting costs and streamlining communications
tools are critical for businesses to rapidly gain productivity and
increased return on investment (ROI), SIP Trunking is an ideal solution
for businesses of any size. Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced the general
availability for all business customers of SIP Trunking, which leverages
Sprint Global MPLS by using a single IP connection to facilitate the
convergence of voice, data and video communication. This convergence
reduces local, long-distance and calling feature expenses.
#8220;The advantages of SIP Trunking are in its flexibility and scalability,
leveraging the power of Sprint#8217;s Global MPLS network,#8221; said Paget Alves,
president of Business Markets Group, Sprint. #8220;SIP Trunking is critical
to delivering more value to our business customers because it eliminates
the costly local trunks a business would need to purchase from local
telephone companies and allows them to share capacity over one IP
connection for multiple locations and applications.#8221;
SIP Trunking is an important enabler for VoIP and unified communications
deployment. It has been available since early this year specifically to support
businesses with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2. In
fact, Sprint was one of the first U.S.-based providers of SIP Trunking
services qualified for use with Office Communications Server 2007 R2.
#8220;The integration of Sprint SIP Trunking with Office Communications
Server 2007 R2 allows businesses to further consolidate communications
workloads into the IP network,#8221; said Moz Hussain, director of Unified
Communications Group, Microsoft Corp. #8220;Services including voice
conferencing and telephony can be delivered efficiently to help
customers save costs and see increased value with unified
Sprint#8217;s simple and flexible MPLS solution is the foundation for SIP
Trunking and allows IP PBXs to deliver the features and functionality of
combined local LEC and LD-provider services along with Class of Service
support of other real-time data. It also can provide connections to
industry-leading unified communications applications based on SIP, a
signaling protocol for setup and teardown of voice communications
sessions over IP networks.
Sprint SIP Trunking provides the following advantages to customers:
It reduces or eliminates costly local trunks and access lines.
Includes any distance calls between enterprise locations with the
service at no additional charge.
It reduces the amount of trunking equipment on the customer premise.
It maximizes efficiency of voice, video and data by converging these
over a single IP connection via the Sprint MPLS network.
Environmentally, the reduction of needed equipment results in reduced
power consumption and overall carbon footprint.
Communications are transported over a highly secure Sprint MPLS
It provides Sprint as a single source for communication needs, thus
simplifying vendor management.
In addition to SIP Trunking, Global MPLS and Mobile Integration are also
integral to Sprint#8217;s strategy to enable its partners#8217; unified
communications services with best-in-class convergence solutions. In
May, Sprint announced how it is collaborating with Cisco, IBM and
Microsoft to enable
unified communications to help businesses and government agencies
increase productivity and customer satisfaction while driving down
costs. Unified communications solutions integrate day-to-day
communication tools such as e-mail, voice mail, instant messaging,
calendars, fax, and audio/video conferencing into a single platform and
a common user experience.
Sprint SIP Trunking is available through Sprint#8217;s newly formed Business
Markets Group (BMG). Composed of more than 4,000 sales, support,
marketing and operations personnel, BMG is solely dedicated to
enterprise, general business and public sector customers. BMG delivers
wireless, wireline and converged solutions for companies, drawing on the
nation#8217;s most dependable 3G mobile broadband network,* 4G capabilities
that are well ahead of Sprint#8217;s competition, the fastest national
push-to-talk network,** and a comprehensive solutions portfolio of
devices and applications.
For more information on Sprint converged 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 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#8217;s customer-focused strategy
has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction
scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
* #8220;Dependable#8221; 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 January 2008 to May 2009. Not all services
available on 3G and coverage may default to separate network when 3G
** #8220;Fastest#8221; based on initial call setup time.
Stephanie Greenwood, 913-794-3658