Sprint (NYSE: S) has expanded its Ethernet Solutions portfolio to meet the high-speed and heavy bandwidth transport needs of business customers with Sprint Ethernet Wave Service. While offering simplicity through familiar Ethernet technology, the new service offers secure, always-on wireless and wireline connectivity with maximum data security and privacy. Developed as part of Sprint’s innovative Network Vision initiative, Sprint Ethernet Wave Service delivers lightning-fast speeds and high-capacity bandwidth for the most challenging of business applications over a state-of-the-art, next-generation optical network. Businesses can depend on Sprint Ethernet Wave Service to deliver the flexibility, scalability and reliability their robust business applications need, including support for storage area networks, data center connectivity, and existing and emerging hosted and cloud services, as well as transmitting heavy-bandwidth data files like financial data and medical images. It also is well-suited to meet such common operational needs as business continuity, record archiving, and database sharing and replication. “While Carrier Ethernet is becoming a ubiquitous service provided locally and globally, Sprint’s Ethernet Wave Service offers businesses the flexibility, higher speeds and scalability needed for emerging applications,” said Mike Sapien, principal analyst with Ovum Research. “It is just as important that these services are backed by service level agreements that will deliver end-to-end performance requirements with the high-speed, high-bandwidth transport service. Sprint already has a strong market reputation in service management from our survey data, and the addition of new Ethernet transport options and additional coverage will complement their solutions portfolio.” Mike Fitz, vice president of wireline for Sprint, added, “We’re deploying new network technologies designed to meet the speed and capacity demands of today’s business-critical applications and to allow businesses to simplify network operations through familiar Ethernet technology. Leveraging the investment in state-of-the-art converged packet-optical transport technology as part of our Network Vision, we are enhancing our industry-recognized wireline network to carry a suite of powerful, higher speed bandwidth Ethernet services. Our customized approach to solving business challenges and proven success in offering managed network solutions makes us uniquely positioned to successfully support high-performance Ethernet services.”
Sprint Ethernet Wave Service is now available in 88 U.S. markets and expansion will continue through 2014. As a fixed, point-to-point 100 percent dedicated high-speed connection, it offers 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE), 40GigE and 100GigE speeds. The secure, always-on connectivity with 24x7 network monitoring helps to ensure the service is available when needed and is performing optimally. Flat-rate pricing makes planning and cost control easier.Sprint and Ciena team to enable Ethernet and network speed milestones As a part of its Network Vision initiative, Sprint is using a Ciena 6500-based architecture to address customer service requirements, including delivery of 10GigE, 40GigE and 100GigE for the Sprint Ethernet Wave Service. Sprint is leveraging Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 coherent optical processors to scale its existing infrastructure to speeds of 100 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) today, with the ability to scale to 400Gbps links in future, as demonstrated in a recent field trial. With this technology, Sprint has deployed one of the longest 100 Gbps circuits in the U.S. with a live transmission that required no signal regeneration over a distance of 2,100 km (1,304 miles). The longer distance between regeneration points provides reduced latency and hardware benefits, and improves reliability, flexibility and performance for customers. This milestone also paved the way for Sprint to deploy the 100Gbps technology across its wireline network where the demand dictates. ”By selecting Ciena’s reliable and proven converged packet optical solutions, Sprint has ensured that its customers can subscribe to the high-performance Ethernet services that today’s bandwidth intensive business applications require. Our portfolio is designed to help quickly scale networks to meet increasing demand and help deliver unique service offerings like Sprint’s Ethernet Wave Service,” added Chad Whalen, vice president, North American Field Operations, Ciena. Sprint’s Ethernet Solutions portfolio also includes Ethernet access, which is available today in 149 U.S. markets and 81 countries around the globe. About Network Vision Sprint’s Network Vision strategy consolidates multiple network technologies into one new, seamless network with the goal of increasing efficiency and enhancing network coverage, call quality and data speeds for customers across the United States. Network Vision also delivers enhanced scalability and performance for Sprint’s already robust wireline network, resulting in new capabilities for business customers.
About Sprint Business SolutionsSprint 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 unrivaled customer experience. Sprint is proud to be named by Nemertes Research as a 2013 Enterprise Trusted AdvisorTM based on ratings from IT decision makers and influencers. For more information on Sprint’s converged, cloud and mobility 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 convergence, visit the Seamless Enterprise at www.seamlessenterprise.com. About Sprint Sprint 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 53 million customers at the end of the second 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.