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Tatem Telecom Partners with Star Solutions to Address Rural Telephony Challenges

Tatem Telecom Partners with Star Solutions to Address Rural Telephony Challenges Richmond, B.C., May 29, 2013 - Star Solutions, a leading technology vendor of innovative cellular infrastructure solutions, today announced an agreement with Tatem Telecom, the only CDMA 450MHz operator in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to supply equipment enabling Tatem Telecom to provide those parts of the country lacking coverage from existing operators with mobile voice and data services. Tatem Telecom plans to install a network to cover over two thousand rural communities across the Democratic Republic of Congo to address the needs of the population without any form of voice communications or Internet access.

The challenge of delivering telephony services in rural areas is well known. To overcome one of the biggest challenges, the lack of accessible power infrastructure, Tatem Telecom is introducing network equipment that can be powered by solar energy, including the core network and handset chargers. Star Solutions iCell® COMPAC incorporates an innovative approach to rural telephony deployment by simplifying and integrating all necessary network components into a single piece of equipment. The iCell® COMPAC is passively cooled, reducing the need for power hungry air conditioning systems and ready for outdoor deployment. By deploying in 450MHz frequency band, Tatem Telecom is able to deliver voice, text and data services over an expansive coverage area.

As part of the initial agreement the necessary equipment to support eight rural communities has been supplied to Tatem Telecom. “We’re excited to partner with Star Solutions as their capabilities match our plans in deploying a countrywide network. We appreciate their commitment to delivering their technology and technical expertise in supporting our operations,” Emmanuel B. Kuangu, Chairman of Tatem Telecom, remarked.

“Tatem Telecom’s deployment of the iCell® COMPAC takes advantage of several design goals in providing the product to the marketplace: low power consumption, passively cooled, easy to install and integrated with full stand-alone telephony and messaging capabilities,” says Jack Mar, CEO of Star Solutions.

For more information about the iCell® COMPAC, including a simple installation demonstration video, visit our website at http://www.starsolutions.com/products/ip-ran-products/icell-compac/

Tricom Launches SingleRAN CDMA/LTE Network Deployed by Huawei

Tricom Launches SingleRAN CDMA/LTE Network Deployed by Huawei Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo May 27, 2013: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced the LTE network deployed by Huawei for traditional CDMA service provider Tricom has launched commercially in the Dominican Republic. The launch represents a significant milestone for operator network evolution from CDMA to LTE using Huawei's SingleRAN CDMA/LTE solution.

At present, traditional circuit switched services are experiencing limited growth, and CDMA operators are faced with a challenge during the transition period to MBB (mobile broadband). In order to maintain their competitive edge within the Dominican Republic, Tricom choose Huawei's SingleRAN solution to migrate their existing CDMA network to LTE. The new network will be used to provide high-quality voice and ultra-wideband mobile communication services.

Huawei's SingleRAN CDMA/LTE solution is SDR (Software Defined Radio) based to protect original CDMA investments and to achieve rapid LTE network deployment and commercial availability. Huawei provided Tricom with a SingleRAN CDMA/LTE end-to-end solution with business consulting services to deploy CDMA 1x EV-DO and LTE in the 800MHz and 1900MHz bands.

Tricom's LTE network will cover the capital city of Santo Domingo and other major cities from the start, with further network deployment planned in 2013 to expand coverage. The deployment will bring high-speed mobile broadband services to the people of the Dominican Republic, and an internet connection ten times faster than they currently experience.

Santiago Peralta, Tricom CTO, said: "Tricom believes it is the right time to leverage LTE developments for our mobile broadband strategy and we're committed to building a quality solution for our users. We chose Huawei's SingleRAN solution, not only because of Huawei's global experience in network deployment, but also for the superior performance of its solutions that will help us to quickly achieve our goals and provide end users with faster and better mobile broadband experiences."

Kevin Wu, Huawei President for CDMA/LTE Wireless Networks, said: "With the coming of LTE, the development path for CDMA operators has become broader. Huawei delivers a convergent and evolved MBB network for global CDMA operators to meet end user demand for excellent data services."

SingleRAN CDMA/LTE is a part of Huawei's SoftMobile suite of solutions that builds upon the successful foundation of the SingleRAN total solution amid industry movement away from voice-and-text, pure-pipe services to an era of data diversity and new vertical market revenue streams. SoftMobile provides ocean-like broadband, orchestration and on-demand network features to leverage the creation of new mobile broadband business models.

Tri-Band 4G LTE Mobile Broadband Devices to Bring Sprint Customers Stronger In-Building Coverage and Better Network Performance

Tri-Band 4G LTE Mobile Broadband Devices to Bring Sprint Customers Stronger In-Building Coverage and Better Network Performance LAS VEGAS, May 21, 2013 - Sprint today announced the planned summer launch of a trio of mobile broadband devices that will take advantage of three bands of 4G LTE wireless spectrum available to Sprint’s network. These devices are expected to bring customers improved network performance and stronger in-building coverage as LTE is deployed on each of these bands. With the ability to leverage Sprint’s 4G LTE network at 1.9GHz and 800MHz as well as Clearwire’s LTE network at 2.5GHz, these new devices offer Sprint customers ideal solutions to easily stay connected on the go.

The first tri-band Sprint 4G LTE-capable mobile broadband devices will be the sleek MiFi® 500 LTE by Novatel Wireless™, international-capable NETGEAR® Zing Mobile Hotspot™ and the plug-in NETGEAR® 341U USB Modem. Pricing and exact availability dates for the three devices will be provided at a later date.

The three bands of spectrum accessible on these devices will provide Sprint customers a high-quality, consistently fast 4G LTE network experience, whether they are sitting at their desks, catching up with friends at a coffee shop, or riding in a cab in a crowded city:

• The 800MHz spectrum that is being added to Sprint’s LTE network beginning later this year excels at in-building coverage. This spectrum is able to be repurposed for LTE as Sprint ceases operations of the Nextel National Network on June 30, 2013.

• Using 1.9GHz spectrum as its primary band for 4G nationwide coverage, Sprint is making substantial progress with deployment of its new 4G LTE network. Sprint now offers service in 88 markets nationwide, including Los Angeles, Charlotte, Boston and Dallas. Average performance is in the range of six to eight MB per second for downlink and two to three MB per second or higher for uplink. Many Sprint customers are discovering Sprint 4G LTE in cities that haven’t yet officially been announced, including Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco. Sprint has announced more than 170 additional markets where LTE will be available in the coming months.

• Clearwire’s 2.5GHz spectrum for its LTE network, which excels at broad-based, high speed coverage, is expected to provide Sprint customers with increased speeds and capacity in densely populated cities.

The launch of devices that can operate on three spectrum bands is another milestone in Sprint’s rollout of Network Vision. Network Vision represents a nationwide update of the Sprint network using the newest, most-advanced equipment in the industry. Sprint plans to consolidate multiple network technologies into one seamless network with the goal of enhancing network coverage, improving call quality and increasing data speeds for customers. It will also offer financial benefits for Sprint shareholders.

“We are very pleased to reach another Network Vision milestone today as we continue to be on schedule to deliver a world-class LTE network experience for our customers,” said Steve Elfman, president of Network Operations and Wholesale. “These three devices from our partners at Novatel and NETGEAR provide a clear look at the benefits of consolidating networks and making the best use of our spectrum assets. Best of all, these new mobile broadband devices bring our customers innovative features, including touchscreens and international capability.”

Updated MiFi Packs In Features

Novatel Wireless, inventor of the mobile hotspot category, has updated its award-winning MiFi hotspot with the MiFi 500 LTE, adding connectivity to Sprint’s LTE network as well as 3G CDMA. Offering sleek and compact styling, MiFi 500 LTE makes it easy for families, students or work teams of up to 10 to wirelessly stay connected with the same 3G or 4G LTE connection.

This convenient mobile broadband device requires no software to install and offers advanced on-device security features to keep data and wireless service protected. An easy-to-use, on-device menu and intuitive navigation keys puts important information, such as battery status, signal strength and connected devices, at the user’s fingertips. The web interface provides additional information including data usage and power management options.

MiFi 500 LTE offers a powerful 1,800mAh battery with an average of up to 10 hours of use on a single charge. It also features GPS functionality over Wi-Fi, multiple security protocols and other advanced features required by many corporate customers.

International Sprint LTE Hotspot

Sierra Wireless’ AirCard® mobile broadband devices, including mobile hotspots, USB modems, associated accessories and software, are now part of the NETGEAR® family. Thinner than a hockey puck, NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot is Sprint’s first CDMA/LTE mobile hotspot to boast international roaming capabilities via GSM. It is also Sprint’s first LCD touchscreen hotspot and first hotspot with both the device and packaging meeting Sprint’s stringent environmental specifications.

NETGEAR Zing makes it easy to get work started quickly with access to the Sprint 3G or 4G LTE networks within seconds and real-time access to company resources, networks and data. The entire family can stay entertained on the go with high speed data for up to 10 users on Wi-Fi capable devices, such as laptops, eReaders, gaming devices, music players and tablets.

With a 2,500mAh battery, NETGEAR Zing allows users to remain connected for up to 10 hours of typical use. Users of the device can also manage connections and change network or device settings directly from the touchscreen. Additional settings are accessible through the web user interface.

First Tri-Band LTE USB Plug-In Modem

For those who prefer a plug-in option, NETGEAR 341U USB Modem will be Sprint’s first tri-band LTE-capable USB modem. This small yet powerful device features a built-in LCD screen display to monitor connection status, signal strength and data usage with a quick glance.

With no software to install or start-up delay, NETGEAR 341U USB Modem makes it easy to get work done on the go. Download large presentations, stream video, and keep up with email without having to hunt for a public Wi-Fi network anywhere within Sprint’s expanding 4G LTE or nationwide 3G footprints. Best of all, it provides flexibility for mobile workers who want to configure security and network access to keep their data safe.

Smartphones from Samsung and LG with tri-band capability are expected to be available to Sprint customers before the end of the year.

For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, visit www.sprint.com/network. For detailed 4G LTE maps, visit www.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often because the maps will be updated whenever coverage is enhanced.

Contact(s) Sprint, Michelle Leff Mermelstein, 703-592-8357, Michelle.leff@sprint.com

Ericsson Continues to Lead in Deployment of LTE With Regional Operators in United States

Ericsson Continues to Lead in Deployment of LTE With Regional Operators in United States STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (May 21, 2013) -

• LTE delivers superior speed to businesses and residents throughout rural America

• Ericsson continues to be the technology and services leader in working with regional carriers to bring benefits of LTE to consumers

• North America accounts for nearly half of all LTE subscriptions globally

Ericsson is working with regional wireless operators to deliver the benefits of LTE to residents and businesses in smaller communities across America. Over the past several months, multiple regional operators in the United States have selected Ericsson as their LTE partner of choice due to the company's experience in LTE deployments and deep understanding of network strategies for smaller operators.

Regional operators who have recently selected Ericsson to build their LTE networks include:

• Adams NetWorks (Illinois) - LTE network covering key markets in the western portions of Illinois.

• Carolina West (North Carolina) - LTE network covering parts of its network in western North Carolina

• Cellcom (Wisconsin) - LTE network covering parts of its network in northeast and central Wisconsin

• Chariton Valley (Missouri) - LTE network covering northeast Missouri

• Chat Mobility (Iowa) - LTE network for markets covering part of its network in southwest Iowa

• Colorado Valley Communications (Texas) - LTE network for fixed wireless broadband covering southeast Texas as a member of the NetAmerica Alliance

• MidRivers Communications (Montana) - LTE network partnership with NewCore Wireless covering areas in central and eastern Montana

• NewCore Wireless (Minnesota) - LTE core networks for regional operators

• NexTech Wireless (Kansas) - LTE network covering northwestern and north central Kansas. Also offering LTE core network for regional operators.

• Northwest Missouri Cellular (Missouri) - LTE network covering part of its network in northwest Missouri

• Rural Independent Network Alliance (Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming) - LTE networks to alliance of regional carriers in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming

• S and R Communications (Indiana) - LTE network covering parts of its network in central Indiana

• SRT Communications (North Dakota) - LTE network partnership with NewCore Wireless covering north central North Dakota

• Syringa Networks (Idaho) - LTE network in southern and eastern Idaho

Steven K. Berry, President and CEO of Competitive Carriers Association, said, "I am delighted that Ericsson is working with rural and regional carriers to help them deploy LTE networks. To continue to compete and thrive in the industry, competitive carriers must find a pathway to 4G/LTE services, and partnering with innovative companies like Ericsson will help ensure carriers can achieve this important goal."

LTE is the global standard for the fourth generation of mobile broadband (4G). It is the fastest developing system in the history of mobile communication. As of the first quarter of 2013, there are approximately 45 million LTE subscriptions in North America, accounting for around half of all LTE subscriptions in the world.

"LTE has transformed the way consumers and businesses interact all across America. Whether located in large metropolitan cities or smaller communities, LTE has broken down location barriers and enabled the benefits of mobile broadband for everyone," said Craig Stein, head of Broadband and Media Accounts for Ericsson. "We understand the benefits of LTE and the positive impact it can make on smaller communities. This has been the driving force behind Ericsson's rural LTE deployments from the very beginning and we look forward to continue working with more rural operators to bring the transformational power of LTE to their customers."

Launching 4G LTE High-Speed Data Communication Service with Maximum Downlink Speed of 100Mbps

Launching 4G LTE High-Speed Data Communication Service with Maximum Downlink Speed of 100Mbps May 20, 2013 - KDDI and OKINAWA CELLULAR TELEPHONE COMPANY will launch the high-speed data communication service with a maximum downlink speed of 100Mbps (Note), expanding the 4G LTE service which is based on the next generation high-speed communication standard, LTE (Long Term Evolution). The service will be started in some areas in Shikoku first and will be expanded nationwide after June 2013.

Details of the service areas will be provided on the au home page.

Novatel Wireless Selected as a Preferred Supplier by Sprint for its Certified M2M CDMA Module

Novatel Wireless Selected as a Preferred Supplier by Sprint for its Certified M2M CDMA Module SAN DIEGO—May 20, 2013-- Novatel Wireless, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent wireless solutions, today announced that its Enabler® HS 3001 CDMA smart module for machine-to-machine applications has been certified for use on the Sprint network. The Enabler HS 3001 is a dual band (800/1900 MHz) CDMA2000 1X module that is supported by the rich on-board N4A Communication and Management Software agent to provide speedy market introduction of M2M deployments on the nationwide Sprint CDMA network.

The Enabler HS 3001 is part of Novatel Wireless' family of smart M2M embedded modules that are compatible in form factor, functionality and AT command interfaces. As a result, customers who use multiple networks can seamlessly exchange modules without redesign of underlying M2M devices.

The Enabler HS 3001 is also expected to roll out in Novatel Wireless' mobile tracking, asset tracking and telemetry portfolio of integrated platforms in the future, and will be part of the joint offering to Sprint's M2M customers under the Sprint Open-Network-Execution (ONE) approach.

"We are excited to collaborate with Sprint and its M2M customers to further expand the development of innovative M2M applications," said Dr. Slim Souissi, CTO, Novatel Wireless. "Our proven form factor supports rapid product development, and robustness in the field and we are thrilled to be collaborating with Sprint to help application developers, OEMs, M2M service providers and enterprises get new solutions up and running on the Nationwide Sprint Network quickly and cost-effectively."

Building on the proven design of the Enfora module series, the Enabler HS 3001 low power platform delivers small size and industry-leading performance, reliable connectivity, and device intelligence needed for today's demanding M2M applications. These include security, remote maintenance and control, automatic vehicle location asset tracking, point of sale, mHealth, and advanced metering infrastructure and automatic meter reading.

"We're excited to collaborate with Novatel Wireless on both embedded modules and their advanced integrated M2M solutions," said Wayne Ward, Vice President, M2M Group, Sprint. "Innovative companies across many sectors can now take advantage of our joint service offerings, enabled by Sprint's dependable network. And as a 1X module, the Enabler HS 3001 is well suited for companies that want to continue with 1xRTT. Unlike some other major carriers, Sprint expects to maintain its 2G 1xRTT capability for the long term as part of our Network Vision strategy."

The Enabler HS 3001 has a flexible, modular architecture delivering simpler, faster development and deployment of applications, keeping enterprises connected to business-critical data virtually anywhere, anytime with the following benefits:

• A 100-pin connector form factor

• Support of essential features:

o Voice (optional)

o SMS

o Packet Data TCP/IP and UDP/IP software stack with Packet Assembler Disassembler

o Common footprint across all our modules

o Dimensions: 28 x 25 x 4.5 mm

o FOTA enabled

o Board-to-board RF electrical interface

o Supports UART and USB interfaces.

o Optional Integration with CMS solution for quick development and deployment

For more information on the Enabler HS 3001 modules please visit www.nvtl.com.

Media:

Novatel Wireless, Charlotte Rubin, +1-858-812-3431, crubin@nvtl.com

Sprint Closes Transaction to Acquire U.S. Cellular Spectrum and Customers in the Midwest

Sprint Closes Transaction to Acquire U.S. Cellular Spectrum and Customers in the Midwest OVERLAND PARK, Kan, May 17, 2013 - Sprint today completed its transaction with U.S. Cellular to acquire 20MHz of PCS spectrum in various Midwest markets including Chicago, South Bend, Ind., and Champaign, Ill., and 10MHz of PCS spectrum in the St. Louis market. The additional spectrum will significantly increase Sprint’s network capacity and further improve the customer experience in these markets. In addition, the transaction includes approximately 420,000 U.S. Cellular customers.

Sprint and U.S. Cellular have already notified affected customers and Sprint will send them additional information on the exact timing and details of the transition which will last several months. Sprint and its Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and payLo prepaid brands are providing special offers and incentives for affected customers that significantly reduce the cost of acquiring a new device to transition from the U.S. Cellular network. In many cases, affected customers can switch from their current device to a similar or better Sprint or prepaid device for little or no cost and with a wide variety of contract or non-contract plans.

Affected customers will not be charged an Early Termination Fee when switching their service. During the months-long transition period, U.S. Cellular’s network will remain active and affected customers may continue to use U.S. Cellular for their wireless service while evaluating their options. For more information, affected customers can call 800-216-7023 or visit www.sprint.com/uscellular. “We know how important good value, network performance and excellent service are to these customers and Sprint has a wide portfolio of competitive devices, prepaid options, an improved 3G and growing 4G LTE network experience, and unlimited data, text and voice plans to meet their wireless needs,” said Paget Alves, Sprint chief sales officer. “We want their business and are motivated to make the transition as seamless as possible.”

The 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index ranked Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 U.S. industries, during the last four years. Sprint continues to bring a better wireless experience to more customers across the country as it builds out its all-new 3G and 4G LTE network. Sprint has launched 4G LTE in 88 markets nationwide and announced more than 170 markets where 4G LTE will be available in the coming months. Sprint offers a wide range of 4G LTE devices, including HTC One® and Samsung Galaxy S® 4. The wide selection of devices and Sprint’s Everything Data plans – including Any Mobile, AnytimeSM, unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network – Sprint provides one of the best choices in wireless.

Sprint and Digital Caddies Offer Innovative Technology Solution for Golf Courses

Sprint and Digital Caddies Offer Innovative Technology Solution for Golf Courses OVERLAND PARK, Kan., & SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 07, 2013 - Sprint a leader in the burgeoning field of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology, and Digital Caddies, Inc., a 10-year-old, golf technology pioneer based in Scottsdale, today announced a venture where Sprint will provide wireless coverage and Android tablet hardware for the new Digital Caddies “Players Network” tablet-based technology platform.

Digital Caddies Players Network is a caddie, a concierge and a course marshal all in one. Players Network tablets easily install on golf carts and wirelessly connect to the Web through Sprint’s nationwide high-speed network. This new technology is a powerful tool for golf course operators as it improves their guests’ experiences, builds guest loyalty, increases course revenue, and lowers operating costs. Digital Caddies is able to offer its new Players Network technology platform at no cost to qualifying golf course operators.

Benefits to Golf Courses

The Digital Caddie Players Network delivers an improved guest experience by providing instant and accurate yardages, along with real-time communication with the golf shop and staff directly from the cart. It will also soon include other content golfers can use, such as live delivery of news, sports scores and stock market updates. Course operators can increase revenue by promoting merchandise, food and beverage specials, lessons, repeat rounds or whatever they’d like to sell through promotional videos or graphics.

Connecting on the Greens

With more than a decade of experience in telematics, Sprint provides a robust portfolio of transportation solutions through collaboration with some of the most experienced and innovative application providers for fleet operators, automotive manufacturers and auto insurance providers. This extensive ecosystem enables customized solutions to meet each company’s unique requirements, including design, implementation and support. Additionally, with Sprint’s all-new network, known as Network Vision, 3G customers can expect better wireless signal strength, faster data speeds, and fewer dropped/blocked calls. The network build is progressing across the country, and Sprint expects to cover the majority of its existing network footprint with the improved 3G service by the end of the year, with the remaining build-out forecasted to be completed by early 2014.

“We are delighted at the opportunity to collaborate with Digital Caddies on this exciting endeavor,” said Kimberly Green-Kerr, regional vice president, Sprint. “The Digital Caddies solution extends Sprint’s existing connected vehicle focus to a recreational environment where it makes perfect sense and adds to the pleasure of golfing. It provides a unique business model and value proposition and offers a fresh new experience for the golfing enthusiast. Golfers can now enjoy similar features on the course that Sprint enables for automobiles and commercial fleets nationwide.”

The content provided through the Players Network is specifically designed to promote interaction between the golfer and the device throughout their round and thus provides an excellent opportunity for golf course operators and advertisers to interact directly with golfers in ways that have never before been possible.

“Our relationship with Sprint is a big key to the success of our launch,” said Digital Caddies President, Mike Loustalot. “Together, Sprint and Digital Caddies will provide golfers and qualifying golf course operators easy-to-use technology that also helps lower operating costs by better tracking golf car inventory, understanding driver behavior, and monitoring agronomy issues.”

The first complete installations of the Digital Caddie Players Network will take place this summer throughout Arizona, Southern California, Nevada and Florida.

“The new Digital Caddies tablets are great,” said Daryl Crawford, general manager at ASU Karsten Golf Course. “Our customers will love them because they’re easy to use and provide quick and accurate yardage information. We love the tablets because they’re sleek, unobtrusive and help us better communicate with our guests during their round.”

“We’re excited about the customer service and golf course management tools that the new Digital Caddies system provides,” said Tom Shultz, JDM director of operations for Wigwam Golf and the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. “The tablets and service are free to my golf courses and my customers, which is awesome. The technology, graphics and ease-of-use are all phenomenal. The Digital Caddies system will help us to better manage our golf car fleet, pace of play and on-course food and beverage operations.”

Sprint Bringing 4G LTE and Truly Unlimited to the BlackBerry Q10 Smartphone with Launch in Late Summer

Sprint Bringing 4G LTE and Truly Unlimited to the BlackBerry Q10 Smartphone with Launch in Late Summer ORLANDO, Fla. & OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 14, 2013 - Sprint today announced the summer availability of its first 4G LTE BlackBerry® smartphone, BlackBerry® Q10. Combining BlackBerry’s best physical keyboard and a touchscreen with the power of the BlackBerry® 10 platform, this dynamic smartphone will benefit from access to the Sprint 4G LTE network and the power to access Truly Unlimited? data, text and calling to any mobile with no metering, no throttling, and no overages, all while on the Sprint network.

Additional details, including pricing and availability, will be shared closer to the availability date. Customers interested in more information about the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone from Sprint can register for updates starting today at www.sprint.com/blackberry10.

Also this summer, Sprint will begin offering enterprise and government customers BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1. This latest update to BlackBerry’s multiplatform Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution provides device and application management for Bring Your Own Device programs and corporate-owned BlackBerry, iOS® and Android™ devices.

BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1 brings new Regulated-level Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) controls and settings for enterprise customers in government and other industries that require an advanced level of security, control and logging. The server software is free to download, and existing BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5 customers can trade up their client access licenses for free through 2013.1

“We know our customers are anxious to get their hands on the new the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone,” said David Owens, Sprint vice president-Product Development. “The physical keyboard on this smartphone makes it incredibly easy to send emails or texts on the go. Our plans for the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone will make it easy to be productive at work and stay connected with friends and family without fear of overage charges or throttling. We are excited to welcome this new BlackBerry into our portfolio this summer along with the security offered by BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 for enterprise customers.”

Built with precision and offering premium performance in a signature design, the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone combines BlackBerry’s best physical keyboard and a touchscreen with the power of the BlackBerry 10 platform to help you communicate and collaborate faster and more efficiently. BlackBerry Q10 includes advanced hardware, communications and multimedia features. Its long battery life lets you confidently stay ahead and take action all day long.

BlackBerry Q10 features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory and microSD memory card slot that supports up to 32GB memory cards. It also offers a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display with capacitive multitouch navigation and four-row, full QWERTY keyboard making it easy to use.

Continuing the BlackBerry tradition of long battery life, BlackBerry Q10 boasts a removable 2,100mAh lithium-ion battery. It also offers an 8-megapixel main camera with 1080p HD video recording and 2-megapixel 720p HD front-facing camera.

Additional key features include:

• Wi-Fi®

• 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability

• Near Field Communication (NFC)

• Bluetooth®

• integrated speaker

• three microphones with noise reduction

The re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry 10 platform offers a powerful and unique new mobile computing experience. It gives you a faster and smarter experience that continuously adapts to your needs. Every feature, every gesture, and every detail is designed to keep you moving forward towards your goal and includes advancements such as:

• The ever-present BlackBerry® Hub, which brings all your conversations together in one easy-to-manage place that you can access at any time from any app with a simple “peek,” so you’re always only one swipe away from what matters to you.

• BlackBerry® Balance™ technology, which protects what’s important to you and the business for whom you work.

• BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), which lets you share things with the people who matter to you in an instant. BBM in BlackBerry 10 includes voice calling and video chat and lets you share your screen with another BlackBerry 10 contact.

• BlackBerry® Remember, which helps you tackle tasks quickly with a new way to collect, organize and act on all the information sitting in different places across your smartphone.

Sprint customers are discovering Sprint 4G LTE in cities that have not yet officially launched, including Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco. Sprint has announced more than 170 markets where LTE will be available in the coming months. Sprint expects customers to benefit with better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage and fewer drops/blocks. In addition, Sprint smartphone customers also benefit from Truly Unlimited data, text and calling to any mobile with no metering, no throttling, and no overages, all while on the Sprint network. For the most up-to-date information on Sprint’s 4G LTE coverage, please visit www.sprint.com/coverage.

Sprint and Time Inc. Form Mobile Content, Advertising and Retail Alliance

Sprint and Time Inc. Form Mobile Content, Advertising and Retail Alliance OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & NEW YORK, May 06, 2013 - Sprint and Time Inc. announced today a mobile content, advertising and retail alliance. As part of the arrangement, Time Inc. will deliver its branded content within a customizable section of the SprintZone application on select Sprint devices. Customers can expect the latest entertainment, lifestyle, sports and business news.

The content experience within SprintZone will be updated in real time, pulling content from Time Inc.’s brands, including stories, photography and videos. Users will be able to customize their content and experience by brand. Time Inc. and Sprint will also collaborate on mobile advertising solutions leveraging Time Inc.’s mobile network of 20 million and Pinsight Media+, Sprint’s targeted advertising service. The collaboration includes access to each other’s premium mobile properties and audiences to extend the reach of client ad campaigns.

Adding unique retail integration, Time Inc. will provide its content for Sprint’s retail stores, allowing Sprint to leverage Time Inc. content for demonstrating the capabilities of digital devices in the stores and enhancing consumers’ in-store experience.

“Time Inc. is home to some of the biggest consumer media brands, and our audiences are seeking out our content on every mobile platform available,” said Cyrus Beagley, senior vice president and general manager of Time Inc.’s Advertising Sales & Marketing Group. “We are thrilled that our arrangement with Sprint will make content from People, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly and other brands available to an even broader, highly engaged mobile audience.” Mike Cooley, vice president-New Ventures at Sprint, added, “This opportunity with Time Inc. is ideal for potentially introducing many of our customers to new content from Time Inc.’s well-known brands. With the option of preselecting categories, such as sports, news or entertainment, we are giving our customers a premium choice of the content they will receive for no extra charge.”

Sprint and Time Inc. will be presenting at 11:40 a.m. (EDT) Thursday, May 9, at the Mobile Marketing Association Forum New York 2013. The topic, “Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together: How Strategy, Data, Creative and Media Come Together to Deliver Measurable Results,” will feature Beagley joined by Dan Polk, head, Pinsight Media+, Sprint; Tony Jackson, director-Digital Marketing, Sprint; and Chia Chen, senior vice president and North American Mobile Practice lead, Digitas.

Sprint CloudCompute Provides Secure, Reliable Infrastructure Services

Sprint CloudCompute Provides Secure, Reliable Infrastructure Services OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 06, 2013 - Sprint today announces the launch of Sprint CloudCompute, the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution that integrates CSC’s industry-leading virtualized, utility-based cloud computing solution with Sprint’s robust cloud-aware Global MPLS network. The integrated solution provides secure, reliable networking and IT efficiency to business customers headquartered within the United States.

In the Ovum Business Trends Cloud Services Survey and as highlighted in Ovum's recent white paper, respondents rated cutting costs – whether IT or business related – and improving business agility as the most important factors influencing their decision to invest in cloud services.

“Sprint’s IaaS offering is coming to market at an opportune time,” said John Madden, principal analyst-IT Services, Ovum. “Customers are searching for the best options for cloud deployments including IaaS, and want to work with proven providers of IT services that are secure, reliable and well managed. Sprint’s relationship with CSC brings together high-profile skills of two trusted providers for IaaS: one with expertise in secure network services and management with ‘ownership’ of the cloud, the other with extensive experience in cloud and data center management. Sprint’s offering through its CSC collaboration gives customers another strong and viable option as they move ahead with their cloud decisions.”

“Sprint has a long history of providing comprehensive, integrated solutions,” said Mike Fitz, vice president-Wireline and Solutions Engineering, Sprint. “Companies can rely on Sprint as their single source for all their networking needs, which now includes cloud computing solutions. Investing in the network is critical to a company’s cloud strategy and success. Sprint’s all-IP network has the flexibility, scalability and reliability required to meet the performance demands of cloud applications.”

Sprint’s robust “cloud-aware” Global MPLS network is congestion-free, designed for low latency and jitter needed for critical, real-time business applications. Sprint offers Class of Service (CoS) at no additional charge to eliminate bottlenecks in a customer’s network through prioritization. Application performance is optimized through network-based Quality of Service (QoS), and Sprint’s comprehensive service level agreements enable full support of any and all enterprise cloud applications.

With Sprint CloudCompute, businesses will benefit from:

• Secure, private network access and seamless connectivity from the subscriber’s business into the IaaS environment

• Scalable, flexible and reliable cloud-aware network

• On-demand provisioning and management capability via Web portal

• Simplicity with a single account team, one contract and one invoice for all services

To learn more and view resources, visit www.sprint.com/cloudcompute.

A winning combination

Sprint advanced to a Challenger position within the most recent Gartner Magic Quadrant for Global Network Service Providers (March 26, 2013). Since the previously published Magic Quadrant report, Sprint has grown its global MPLS, Ethernet and SIP Trunking coverage for business customers.

In addition, CSC is positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the 2012 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (Oct. 18, 2012).

A comprehensive approach to cloud

The key to Sprint’s cloud strategy is teaming with leaders in software and cloud computing while enhancing the services with seamless integration of mobility for virtually anytime, anywhere access from any device. With reliable, secure connectivity over Sprint’s network via 3G, 4G and all-IP Global MPLS technologies, businesses of all sizes can confidently embrace a variety of hosted services to improve their productivity and cost structures.

Sprint offers a wide variety of cloud-based solutions in addition to IaaS, including Unified-Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) with Sprint Complete Collaboration and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) with Office 365. Sprint also delivers an innovative private-label cloud services platform to wholesale customers, enabling them to quickly deliver simple and affordable brand-name software services to SMBs.