Sprint expands Ethernet solutions portfolio for businesses

American telecom major Sprint expanded its Ethernet Solutions portfolio to meet the high-speed and heavy bandwidth transport needs of business customers.

Sprint on Monday said Ethernet Wave Service delivers better speeds and high-capacity bandwidth for the most challenging of business applications over the next-generation optical network.

“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,” said Mike Sapien, principal analyst with Ovum Research.

Sprint is 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.


“We are enhancing our industry-recognized wireline network to carry a suite of powerful, higher speed bandwidth Ethernet services,” said Mike Fitz, vice president of wireline for Sprint.

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.

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.

Meanwhile, Sprint said BlackBerry Q10 smartphone will be available from 30 August for $199.99 (excludes taxes and surcharges) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement.

“With the Sprint Unlimited, My Way and My All-in rate plans, customers will be able to use the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone as it was intended, without worrying about silly data caps or overages,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint.

The BlackBerry Q10 smartphone customers who sign up for Sprint’s new Unlimited, My WaySM plan or My All-inSM plan are eligible for The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee.

The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee gives customers unlimited talk (calls to any wireline or mobile phone), text and data while on the Sprint network for the life of the line of service.

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