Deal allows XO® access to Sprint’s Wholesale Mobile Integration product that delivers integrated wireline and wireless voice networks into a single converged solution
Allows XO® to offer mobile wireless and fixed mobile convergence solutions to business customers
Overland Park, Kan. and Herndon, Va. – Oct. 3, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE:S, news, filings) Wholesale Solutions and XO Communications today announced an agreement whereby Sprint will deliver MVNO wireless services to XO Communications, a leading nationwide provider of advanced communications solutions for businesses and service providers. The deal includes Sprint’s Wholesale Mobile Integration (WMI) services to converge wireline and wireless services into one conjoined solution. Pricing and provisions are also included in the deal that would enable XO Communications to deploy 4G products and services for its small- and medium-sized business (SMB) customers.
XO Communications will leverage Sprint’s WMI services and wireless network to offer businesses multiple mobile wireless communications services, including a groundbreaking fixed mobile convergence (FMC) solution.
The XO FMC solution will enable businesses to take advantage of fixed mobile convergence and their increasing deployment of VoIP, SIP trunking and in-building WiFi networks to deliver greater productivity, reduced mobile call costs and improved communications for employees. As a future capability of the XO solution, calls made from mobile phones within a customer’s premise will be connected via WiFi access points and will be routed over existing wireline network infrastructure. Outside the office the mobile device will work like a regular mobile phone, enjoying ubiquitous coverage through the Sprint wireless network. XO Communications expects to launch the service commercially in mid-2012.
With more than a decade of experience in launching private-label wireless, Sprint is the only national wireless carrier in the United States that provides wholesale customers access to 4G, the most advanced wireless technology on the market.
“We are excited to enter this relationship with XO Communications and arm them with an attractive mobility solution as part of their services portfolio,” said Matt Carter, president-Sprint Wholesale Solutions and New Ventures. “Sprint will help XO Communications eliminate the line between wireline and wireless to efficiently deliver on both, allowing their customers to reduce costs and increase productivity and reliability. We are enabling improved business flexibility and worker mobility.”
“This agreement underpins XO Communications’ commitment to deliver innovative services for our customers and is another step in our converged services strategy to bring together wireline and wireless services over a single IP-enabled network infrastructure,” said Don MacNeil, chief marketing officer for XO Communications. “This capability will further differentiate XO Communications in the market as one of the only providers to offer a very unique fixed mobile convergence offering for our customers that simplifies the management of their wireless and wireline communications needs.”
Launched last year, Sprint WMI enables its telecommunications service provider customers such as XO Communications to integrate their wireline and wireless voice networks into one converged solution for business customers by extending Private Branch Exchange (PBX) or VoIP features to the wireless handset. Sprint’s WMI provides communication companies the ability to deliver a simplified, effective and seamless communications experience for SMB employees.
“More than 35 percent of small businesses are considering mobile unified communications for deployment within two years,” says Eugene Signorini, vice president of Research-Yankee Group. “As small business users increasingly demand a seamless communication experience, service providers need to provide mobile integrated solutions for this important customer segment.”
Main features of Sprint’s WMI include single-number calling to reach both an employee’s desk and mobile phone, seamless call transfers between the two devices, and one integrated voicemail platform to improve employee productivity and deliver efficient communication options; all while providing a consistent user experience, independent of an individual’s location or communication device. Sprint’s WMI also extends a broad range of business desk phone features to an end-user’s mobile device like abbreviated (four-digit) extension dialing, call center applications, selective call acceptance/rejection, and more.
Sprint’s Wholesale Solutions Group has a full suite of customizable solutions, including Partner Interexchange Network, allowing customers to interconnect on-net yielding cheaper connectivity rates; and Mobile Broadband on Demand, enabling end-users to purchase prepaid broadband by the day, week or month. Also available to Sprint Wholesale Solutions Group customers is access to reselling 4G, with faster download speeds and more bandwidth through America’s Favorite 4G Network.[i] Customers can choose from two very easy ways to deliver an MVNO wireless offering to market – Traditional Wireless Resale and Turnkey Back-office Wireless Resale. Go to http://sprint.com/wholesale to view the complete product portfolio, customer testimonials and white paper downloads.
About XO Communications
XO Communications is a leading nationwide provider of advanced IP communications, managed network and IT infrastructure solutions for businesses, enterprises, government, carriers and service providers. Its customers include more than half of the Fortune 500, in addition to leading cable companies, carriers, content providers and mobile network operators. Utilizing its unique combination of high-capacity nationwide and metro networks and broadband wireless capabilities, XO Communications offers customers a broad range of services with proven performance, scalability and value in more than 85 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit www.xo.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 served more than 52 million customers at the end of 2Q 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.