Businesses Grow Globally with Sprint Solutions

  Businesses Grow Globally with Sprint Solutions

     Yokogawa selects Sprint as its Global Network Provider; Sprint-owned
          facilities and Ethernet Access availability expand in 2013

Business Wire

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- December 17, 2013

For the scores of American companies that currently operate overseas or are
opening new sites offshore, having powerful, reliable and secure data
connectivity is a must if those foreign locations are to thrive. Sprint
(NYSE:S) knows this and continues to boost its focus and investments where
businesses are growing overseas.

Today, Sprint offers services in 157 countries and continues to expand with
its own facilities and through NNI (network-to-network interconnectivity)
agreements as customer needs require. In 2013, it extended capabilities in
Calgary, Alberta; Montreal; Vietnam; London; Geneva; Madrid; Prague; and
Budapest, Hungary.

“Many CIOs enjoy the benefits of our business solutions portfolio and value
when we also can meet their needs around the globe,” said Karen Freitag, vice
president of global sales, Sprint. “Our account teams are experts in domestic
and global converged, cloud and mobility services. We’ve also simplified
packaging solutions that make data services easy to procure and align with
existing demand. And now our relationship with SoftBank allows our two
companies to leverage each other’s capabilities, solutions portfolios and
business relationships to better serve multinational corporations.”

Sprint advanced to a Challenger position within the most recent Gartner Magic
Quadrant for Global Network Service Providers (March 26, 2013). Since the
previously published Magic Quadrant report, Sprint has grown its global MPLS,
Ethernet and SIP Trunking coverage for business customers.

Globally-esteemed Yokogawa selects Sprint for wireline contract

Sprint’s sales team in Japan recently overcame a rigorous bidding process
against several competitors to win a much-coveted contract with global
research and innovation company Yokogawa Electric Corporation, a Japanese
electrical engineering and software company with businesses based on its
measurement, control, and information technologies. Yokogawa now relies on
Sprint as its Global Network Provider and benefits from MPLS and IP circuits,
all with Managed Network Solutions, at sites in dozens of countries across the

Sprint solutions have helped to reduce their network costs significantly while
also upgrading bandwidth, all with an on-time circuit implementation in many
complex countries such as Russia and India. Yokogawa appreciates having 24x7
access to CPE performance data via Compass, Sprint’s no-charge, online tool
for real-time WAN performance management. The tool also allows them to better
understand, optimize and trouble-shoot network performance, view
implementation status and understand overall network health.

“While Sprint’s pricing was simple and their solution was the most flexible
among bidders while meeting all of our requirements, the ‘people’ aspect was
the most important factor for selecting Sprint,” said Satoshi Ioroi, group
leader, Global Network, MIS Dep.2, Management Information Systems HQ, at
Yokogawa.“We’ve had too many unfortunate experiences with bad support and
poor operation when selecting a carrier based on just price or technology.
From the start, my team and I were sold on the Sprint sales team... with their
swift, accurate and courteous support, they are folks we knew we could trust.”

Ethernet Access expands globally to help reduce complexity and costs for

Ethernet Access from Sprint has expanded to 117 countries in 2013. Available
for both business and wholesale partners, Ethernet Access over Sprint’s all-IP
network for Global MPLS and Dedicated Internet Access provides more
opportunities to reduce network costs for high-bandwidth locations and
simplify the complexity of maintaining multiple types of technologies. This
solution also is available in 157 markets across the United States.

Businesses can benefit from VoIP and network efficiency with SIP Trunking

SIP Trunking from Sprint is available in 12 European countries including
Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands,
Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Businesses can
cost-effectively experience the benefits of voice over IP (VoIP) and enhance
network efficiencies by converging all voice and data traffic on the Sprint
Global MPLS network. Session Initiative Protocol (SIP) Trunking allows
businesses to replace costly “physical trunks” connecting a PBX to a service
provider network with “virtual trunks” over a single IP connection.

For more information on Sprint converged solutions, visit 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

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About Sprint Business Solutions

Sprint is a global provider of secure and reliable wireline and wireless
communication services. With a best-in-class, all-IP network as the
foundation, Sprint helps enterprises unleash the full potential of
business-critical applications through a single account team that understands
converged, cloud and mobility solutions, delivering an unrivalled customer

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE:S) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 54 million customers
at the end of the third quarter of 2013 and is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the
first 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; instant
national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1
Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as
the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries,
during the last five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at or and


Stephanie Greenwood, 913-315-1612
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