OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), June 23, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE:S, news, filings) today announced that it will now offer its enterprise customers a comprehensive range of Managed Telepresence services from Tata Communications. The relationship will combine Sprint’s award-winning Global MPLS network and expertise in converged solutions with Tata Communications’ leadership in global Managed Telepresence.
Telepresence delivers life-like, high-definition conferencing with superior audio, video and environmental qualities that provide an ideal alternative to traditional face-to-face meetings. With Tata Communications’ Managed Telepresence, powered by the Sprint Global MPLS network, businesses can further strengthen collaboration between employees, customers and suppliers. They can also simplify, scale and extend communications with a global reach while lowering travel costs and at the same time, reducing their carbon footprint.
Sprint’s Telepresence customers will also be able to seamlessly connect to Tata Communications’ Global Meeting Exchange which is one of the broadest public and private Telepresence networks accessible today via a number of inter-connection agreements with other service providers. The Global Meeting Exchange is also a gateway to Tata Communications’ public room network spanning 31 cities across five continents – the largest in the world. Tata Communications’ customers will also now be able to connect to Telepresence rooms on the Sprint MPLS network.
Sprint was the first U.S.-based global communications provider to achieve the Cisco Telepresence Connection Certification on its Global MPLS network.
“With the tremendous growth in Telepresence and business video, we wanted to be well positioned by partnering with Tata Communications and by leveraging its open connection model and fast growing business-to-business footprint,” said Monnie McGaffigan, vice president of wireline, international and strategic alliances, Sprint. “We are able to bring the benefits of a rich collaboration experience to our customers backed by the flexibility and reliability of our global MPLS network.”
Peter Quinlan, vice president, integrated business video services, Tata Communications, added, “Tata Communications is very pleased to offer greater opportunities for global collaboration to our own as well as Sprint’s customers, as a result of this agreement.”
Sprint is focused on enabling unified communications to help businesses and government agencies increase productivity and customer satisfaction while driving down costs. Sprint’s strategy reflects the company’s ability to enable its partners’ unified communications services with best-in-class converged solutions, which includes Global MPLS as a foundation, SIP Trunking and Mobile Integration.
Please visit www.sprint.com/telepresence for more information about these and the new services. To join in the latest discussions and learn more about business solutions available through convergence, visit the Seamless Enterprise at www.seamlessenterprise.com.
Converged solutions are available through Sprint Business, which is composed of sales, support, marketing and operations personnel solely dedicated to enterprise, small and medium-sized business and public sector customers. Sprint delivers wireless and wireline for companies, drawing on its 3G and 4G wireless capabilities, push-to-talk network, Global IP network and growing portfolio of M2M partners and solutions.
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 51 million customers at the end of 1Q 2011 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. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. 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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