December 17, 2007

Next Generation Internet Protocol Deployment Expected to Increase

            Efficiencies and Accommodate Application Growth

RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 2007--Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today that it is ready to deploy the next generation Internet Protocol, IP Version 6 (IPv6) - which is expected to greatly expand IP addressing and accommodate the rapidly growing demand for devices and applications with Internet access over the next few years.

Sprint is building on its vision of mobility and its broad expertise to deliver a diverse portfolio of production-level IPv6 services and is nearing initial beta testing of IPv6 MPLS VPNs on its Peerless IP (PIP) network, which provides a platform that is physically and logically isolated from the public Internet. Customer trials are expected to begin in January 2008, with general availability in the second quarter of 2008.

"Since 1997, Sprint has been actively involved in the standardization, testing, and deployment of IPv6," said Iyad Tarazi, VP of network development at Sprint. "As an early adopter of IPv6 in an experimental capacity, we’ve been testing IPv6 applications with our customers for more than a decade, and our involvement has provided Sprint the expertise that is needed to develop solutions for the emerging addressing constraints and for the general market."

IPv6 is the next generation protocol designed to replace the existing version, IPv4, which is the dominant packet transport protocol that is now over two decades old. With a sharp growth in the demand and usage of the Internet, IPv4 is facing problems with limited IP space address. The next generation IPv6 solution will increase the number of addresses and is also expected to make significant improvements in areas such as routing and auto configuration resulting in better functionality and enhanced security.

Sprint offers a variety of IP-based services and will continue to expand them in parallel with IPv6 evolution. These services will include Dedicated IP, MPLS VPN, Managed Network Services, and Consulting services. Federal agencies are expected to be the first to benefit from IPv6, as support for IPv6 is a requirement per the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The primary IPv6 vehicle for Sprint federal customers is the Networx Enterprise contract. Sprint will add IPv6 services to the Federal Networx Enterprise contract as they become available for IPv6 planning and transition support.

"Sprint is focused on a convergence strategy; as we move to a common infrastructure to deliver video, voice and data over our Global IP network we will continue to look for opportunities to use IPv6," said Tony D’Agata, VP of Federal Sales for Sprint. "With the growth of applications and Internet usage worldwide, availability of IP addresses has become strained. IPv6 is expected to expand addressing, add an additional level of security, foster network efficiencies and accommodate application growth. Our Federal customers are leading that transition."

IPv6 supports wireless, wireline and converged IP network architectures. It enables services to be delivered to Federal agencies seeking to comply with the OMB mandate, as well as to customers seeking mobility across platforms and devices.

With 20 years of experience as a General Services Administration (GSA) telecommunications provider, a proven history of innovation, secure solutions, and a dedication to service, Sprint offers federal agencies a seamless and interoperable communications environment. Sprint gives agencies the power to meet today’s communications challenges, such as upgrading enterprise architectures, orchestrating the convergence of disparate technologies and networks, mobilizing the workforce, and ensuring business continuity and responsiveness during emergencies.

To learn more about Sprint’s IPv6 strategy, visit to read a white paper titled, ’Sprint IPv6 Services.’


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 about 54 million customers at the end of the third quarter 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit

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    SOURCE: Sprint