Sprint (NYSE: S) has extended its SIP Trunking solution “across the pond” with availability in 12 European countries. 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" that connect a PBX to a service provider network with "virtual trunks" over a single IP connection. SIP Trunking from Sprint is available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Sprint’s solution is specifically designed to meet the needs of the distributed enterprise, allowing multiple locations throughout the European region to connect over the same set of SIP trunks while preserving local telephone numbers, calling plans and emergency services. This reduces the overall number of trunks needed to implement SIP Trunking in the available European locations, thus streamlining the network and operating costs for a business. For the past 40 years, CORT has been a leading provider of home and office furniture for more than 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. government. CORT is a Berkshire Hathaway company and the world's largest provider of rental furniture. As an early adopter of Sprint SIP Trunking in the United States and now in Europe, it has 145 domestic and international locations, which are primarily retail stores so business continuity is key to its success. “Sprint SIP Trunking has helped CORT eliminate redundant telephone and data networks and reduce the number of PBXs thus streamlining our network, bringing us significant cost savings, quality of service and helping to ensure business continuity,” said Tom Mattingly, project manager -- Information Technology and Product Development, CORT. “Sprint not only makes it easy for us to implement the solutions, but it also simplifies adoption for our employees so they can quickly learn how to use and benefit from the new solutions.”
Sprint first launched SIP Trunking in 2009. SIP Toll Free also is available from Sprint and allows businesses to take advantage of their SIP trunks and existing communication system to make their own routing decisions, share capacity across the enterprise, and aggressively control costs. Unlike other service providers, Sprint SIP Toll Free supports customer-directed routing at no additional charge.In addition, the wireless toll-free over SIP Trunking feature provides on-net calling to a customer’s toll-free service which means that the toll-free customer does not incur any usage charges for calls originating from a Sprint wireless subscriber (including all of Sprint’s prepaid brands and affiliates). “Flexibility and scalability are key advantages of SIP Trunking and we are pleased to extend these benefits to businesses with operations in Europe,” said Tim Donahue, vice president – International and Solutions Sales, Sprint. “Sprint’s simple and flexible MPLS solution is the foundation for SIP Trunking and allows IP PBXs to deliver the features and functionality businesses are accustomed to using for voice calling along with Class of Service support of other real-time data.” 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 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 experience. 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 55 million customers at the end of the first 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. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 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.