Sprint named to prestigious CW 100 for 2013


Sprint named to prestigious CW 100 for 2013

Sprint earns CW 100 recognition as an M2M industry leader for the ninth straight year

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sprint (NYS: S) has been named to the 2013 CW 100, Connected World magazine's annual list of the 100 most important and influential providers of machine-to-machine (M2M) services.

CW 100 represents the top companies demonstrating significant market traction and pursuing game-changing technologies in connectivity, as determined by the editors of Connected World and its editorial advisory board. Connected World selects companies based on a variety of criteria, including contribution to the connected devices space, and innovation in multiple markets served during the past 12 months.

Sprint's leadership includes an extensive M2M partner ecosystem, global reach and continued development of innovative solutions in such rapidly growing markets as vehicle manufacturing, connected transportation, insurance, retail, utilities, security and healthcare.

"We are greatly honored to earn this prestigious recognition from Connected World for nine years in a row," said Wayne Ward, vice president-Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. "Sprint has continued to build on our distinctive open approach to M2M by taking the wireless carrier role to another level in the past year. This includes our development of an industry-leading core competency in the automotive telematics space, where Sprint stands alone in serving as a true end-to-end systems developer and integrator."

Sprint's open approach to M2M is built on flexible network architecture, combined with collaborative relationships among customers, partners and Sprint's dedicated team of experienced solutions engineers. Sprint brings all these elements together with a focus on understanding each M2M customer's business, then acting as an integrator to bring all the pieces together with the most efficient end-to-end solutions package for the specific need.

Sprint's secure network supports M2M solutions by ensuring accurate and reliable connectivity for an expansive range of applications. To ensure that the growing demand for advanced M2M solutions will be met, Sprint has embarked on Network Vision, a multiyear network initiative designed to enhance customers' experience with faster data speeds, improved voice quality and easier connectivity.

Sprint was also recognized in June 2012 for its part in two Value Chain Awards presented by Connected World for innovative M2M solutions. ProTransport-1 and enablers Sprint and Feeney Wireless won the Gold Value Chain Award in the transportation category. Mobile Innovations LLC and enablers Sprint, Telit Wireless Solutions and Connected Development won the Bronze Value Chain Award in the home health category.

About the Sprint Emerging Solutions Group

Sprint's M2M leadership has earned prestigious third-party validation - including the top-ranked North American M2M provider (and second-ranked carrier overall among 12 global service providers) by Analysys Mason, and the Frost & Sullivan 2011 Customer Value Enhancement Award in North America for Machine to Machine Communications. To learn more about Sprint's M2M offerings, visit www.sprint.com/m2m.

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 56 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2012 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 No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 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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