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Aicent Continues To Build LTE Roaming Dominance Among Asia Pacific Mobile Operators

Aicent Continues To Build LTE Roaming Dominance Among Asia Pacific Mobile Operators SAN JOSE, Calif. – November 19, 2013 – Aicent, the world’s leading multi-service IPX network provider of mobile data network services and solutions for global mobile operators, today announced one hundred percent mobile operator coverage through their LTE Roaming Exchange solution within the countries of Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. This latest development strengthens Aicent’s position as the preeminent provider of global IPX services and LTE roaming among the world’s top mobile providers.

Highlights:

• According to GSA, 222 operators around the globe have commercially launched LTE networks in 83 countries and they forecast there will be 260 commercial LTE networks in 93 countries by end 2013. A Wireless Intelligence study predicts that the Asian 4G LTE connections market will increase almost tenfold between 2013 and 2017 to reach around half a billion connections, driven by key regional markets such as China, Japan, Indonesia and South Korea.

• Supported by the roll-out of its global multi-service IPX network, Aicent continues to build upon its LTE roaming supremacy in the Asia Pacific region by securing commercial LTE roaming agreements with leading Asian mobile operators including SK Telecom, KT, and LG U+ in Korea, NTT DoCoMo, Softbank, and KDDI in Japan, Singtel, Starhub, and M1 in Singapore.

• Aicent’s LTE roaming solution offers all South Korea, Japan, and Singapore based mobile operators supporting LTE, a single point of access to a growing network of over 55 Aicent connected global LTE operators.

Supporting Quotes:

Shu Gan, EVP, Strategic Business Development and Global Sales, Aicent

"Over the past several years, Aicent’s dedication to the development and promotion of LTE roaming has placed us in a position to offer the largest coverage footprint and most advanced technical solution to global LTE operators. Since 2012, the Asia Pacific region has been at the forefront of the worldwide roll-out of LTE services, especially in countries like Japan, Korea, and Singapore. We are proud of the trust and support we have received from the entire mobile operator community in these countries. Working with our operator partners, we have accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience to effectively solve interconnectivity issues and handle various flavors of inbound and outbound roaming requirements. As a recognized leading IPX service provider with over 55 LTE operators, Aicent continues to play an important role in the rapid acceleration of global LTE roaming."

Sprint Velocity Expands Connected Vehicle Services for Automakers with Sprint Velocity Connect

Sprint Velocity Expands Connected Vehicle Services for Automakers with Sprint Velocity Connect LOS ANGELES & OVERLAND PARK, Kan., November 19, 2013 - Sprint announced today that its Sprint VelocitySM business unit is entering a second year of operations with expanded capabilities for automotive manufacturers, including the official automotive debut of Sprint Velocity Connect.

With this expansion, Sprint Velocity, a global end-to-end telematics solution, is now available for more vehicles than ever before. Sprint is showcasing Sprint Velocity at the Connected Car Expo, which is a specialty exhibition within the Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS).

“With more than 14 million vehicles sold in the United States yearly, auto manufacturers are in a constant race to bring the newest, most versatile and technology-packed products to market,” said Ben Vos, vice president and general manager, Sprint Emerging Solutions. “Sprint Velocity makes it easier for automakers to win that race by offering the most advanced connected services available today, supported by unsurpassed telematics integration and consumer-focused resources that can translate into increased revenues and stronger customer loyalty.”

Simplified and accelerated development for automakers

Sprint Velocity Connect is an expanded capability that supports additional hardware on the Sprint Velocity platform, including TCUs (Telematics Control Units), OBD-II (On-Board Diagnostic) devices and embedded in-dash head units.

The Sprint Velocity platform enables this connectivity through its open, cloud-based architecture with standard machine-to-machine interfaces. As a result, Sprint can customize solutions to each automaker’s specific needs and then deploy those solutions either before or after a vehicle is sold. This ensures automakers can deploy connected services that conform to their exact specifications and are no longer limited to off-the-shelf solutions that may involve more or fewer features than they require.

With access to the Sprint Velocity platform, vehicle manufacturers can streamline the design and development process, simplify the integration of complex components, and simplify the management of ecosystem partners. Developed by Sprint’s award-winning IT team, Sprint Velocity Connect brings numerous additional benefits to auto manufacturers, including:

• flexibility to deliver telematics services; whether embedded, brought in phone, a hybrid of both, or now, with Sprint Velocity Connect devices

• elimination of multiple points of potential failure and reduction in the number of handoffs, while improving extensibility and scaling • reduced cost, complexity and cycle times

In addition to these advantages, automakers have continued access to Sprint Velocity capabilities, such as subscription management, storefront, policy management and billing.

Sprint Velocity Connect opens the way for automakers to explore innovative ways to serve their customers. Some potential applications for automotive manufacturers could include:

• Fleet Management: Vehicle manufacturers could help fleet operators easily adopt value-added services provided by the manufacturer at any time after the vehicles are purchased. This includes applications that track and monitor vehicle locations, improve dispatch and routing, evaluate driving behaviors, and more efficiently manage vehicle maintenance.

• Rental Car Features: Automakers might offer rental car companies the opportunity to learn more about the status of their cars, such as distance traveled and vehicle maintenance needs.

• Dealership Sales: Auto manufacturers could consider using Sprint Velocity Connect to add services for its dealership network, including new ways to differentiate previously owned vehicles with connected services.

As part of the expanded Sprint Velocity Connect capability, CalAmp is the first provider of an easy-to-install device that plugs directly into the standard vehicle interface. CalAmp is a leader in providing wireless communications solutions to a broad array of vertical market applications and customers. The CalAmp device will be able to access the power of the Sprint Velocity platform to deliver a variety of mobile services.

“We are pleased to be the first to integrate a device with Sprint Velocity Connect,” said Greg Gower, senior vice president and general manager of CalAmp’s Mobile Resource Management business. “By having an economical, plug-and-play, full-featured vehicle monitoring and tracking device tap the power of the Sprint Velocity platform, we can extract valuable vehicle data to enable a variety of mobile services. CalAmp’s wireless location and messaging unit is an ideal solution for automotive insurance, driver behavior management, auto rental, vehicle maintenance, warranty service, and other automotive applications that require direct access to vital vehicle performance data.”

#2 Global ranking and extended North American reach

With its expanded Sprint Velocity Connect capabilities, Sprint continues to change the conversation about mobile integration for automakers. Launched at the 2012 Los Angeles International Show, Sprint Velocity is already ranked 2nd among the top 10 telecom operators in the worldwide automotive market, according to a study by Informa Telecoms & Media.

Sprint Velocity has further extended its North American presence through a new agreement with Rogers Communications Inc. to provide end-to-end connectivity in Canada. Auto manufacturers can be assured that Sprint Velocity features will be available to more than 20 million vehicles on the road throughout Canada. Rogers is Canada’s largest wireless network operator by number of subscribers.

Sprint has been connecting customers around the globe for more than a decade. The company couples in-region staff with established partner network agreements to ensure that automakers have seamless connectivity, with a support system built on an intimate knowledge of local market dynamics.

Combining telematics, consumer and data analysis expertise

Sprint brings decades of experience in transportation applications and the management of subscription-based customer relationships. Operating as a separate business unit within Sprint, Sprint Velocity delivers value to automakers by combining telematics integration with the company’s intense level of expertise in wireless customer experience, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and wireless applications on a global basis.

Sprint Velocity also brings a wealth of expertise in data analysis. The Sprint Velocity team will collaborate with automakers to analyze usage trends and other connected services data, which can be used to make product improvements, reduce operation costs, and potentially increase revenue opportunities.

“Our value proposition is built on connecting the dots between the complex elements involved in connected services and providing a complete, simplified set of solutions for auto manufacturers,” said Vos. “By understanding the mobile customer and how they use the technology, Sprint Velocity is developing and deploying big ideas that demonstrate what is possible with connected vehicles.”

Designed to be open and flexible, the Sprint Velocity platform offers various connectivity options, management of content partners for seamless integration, and back office support, such as billing and care. The solution is compatible with embedded in-dash, smartphone and hybrid embedded/smartphone implementations. Automakers can opt for comprehensive end-to-end solutions or modular a la carte solutions that are scalable as their needs evolve.

Sprint Velocity received numerous awards in its first year of operation, including Pipeline magazine’s 2013 Innovation Award for Innovation in Connectivity, the 2013 Telematics Update Industry Newcomer of the Year Award, and M2M Evolution magazine’s 2012 Product of the Year.

CONTACT(S):

Sprint, 
 Walter Fowler, 646-234-2122, 
walter.fowler@sprint.com


or 
 Mary Kunkel, 703-930-5290, 
mary.kunkel@sprint.com

Sprint Offers Minimum Buyback Credit to Encourage Phone Trade-In on America Recycles Day

Sprint Offers Minimum Buyback Credit to Encourage Phone Trade-In on America Recycles Day OVERLAND PARK, Kan., November 14, 2013 - Despite being the No. 3 wireless carrier in the United States, Sprint leads the industry in phone recycling. Last year, Sprint reclaimed 4.4 million phones through voluntary collection programs compared to AT&T’s 3.1 million and Verizon’s 3 million.

Sprint continues to highlight the environmental benefits of phone recycling and to raise awareness around the financial benefits of its phone trade-in program, where customers can receive up to a $300 credit as part of the Sprint Buyback Program. On America Recycles Day (Friday, Nov. 15), Sprint will offer new and existing customers a minimum account credit of $20 for any phone traded in, in any condition, regardless of carrier in select Sprint stores in San Antonio, Houston, Los Angeles and New York. Last weekend, the wireless carrier also placed extra emphasis on its phone reuse and recycling efforts at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Phoenix.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 135 million mobile devices are discarded every year. Many find their final resting place in a junk drawer or, worse, landfills. It’s estimated just over 10 percent of mobile devices ready for end-of-life management in the United States are recycled. In 2001, Sprint recognized the trend and initiated the Sprint Buyback program to help solve the growing threat of electronic waste (e-waste). Since then, Sprint has reclaimed more than 50 million mobile devices, putting more than $100 million back in customers’ pockets last year alone. That equals approximately 13.8 million pounds of e-waste, the fastest growing waste stream in the United States.

“The Sprint Buyback Program is an important program for customers, that also just happens to benefit our business,” said Kendra Wright, who leads Sprint’s phone recycling operations. “We look beyond just the recycling, or dismantling of a phone, but instead focus on remanufacturing and giving that phone a second life. By collecting and reusing millions of devices a year, we spend less buying new devices.”

Offering certified pre-owned phones to customers at a fraction of the price benefits customers and is a successful business model for Sprint. Today nine of every 10 devices that come back through the Sprint Buyback program get reused, not just recycled. The last 10 percent of phones that are “recycled” are broken into parts that can be recycled as raw materials for a surprising number of goods, from jewelry to battery packs to car parts.

Compass Intelligence recognized Sprint for having the industry’s best trade-in program the last two years among national carriers. The convenience of the Sprint Buyback program – both in Sprint retail locations and online – and the ability to accept competitor devices led to the recognition. Furthermore, Sprint is the first and only U.S. wireless carrier to outline specific commitments that address e-waste holistically.

Its Electronics Stewardship Policy, developed with guidance from BSR, Basel Action Network and ABI Research, focuses on the full lifecycle of the electronics that Sprint buys and sells. The policy publicly states Sprint will strive to design and buy greener electronics, extend the useful life of equipment, boost the collection of used equipment, maximize the reuse of electronics, and responsibly recycle the rest through third-party certified vendors.

Sprint’s focus on the environment continues to earn the company top honors. For the third consecutive year, Sprint was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America, which tracks the corporate sustainability performance of the top 20 percent of the 600 largest companies by industry in the United States and Canada. Sprint was also named to both the Disclosure Leadership Index and Performance Leadership Index on the Carbon Disclosure Project S&P 500 Climate Change Report 2013.

Sprint Good Works

Sprint is committed to using its technology, human and financial resources to help make the world a better place. This commitment is found in the company’s business and culture, and it drives the Sprint Good WorksSM program. More than just a name, good works is also a belief: Good does indeed workSM. The good works Sprint performs every day benefit three key subjects: people, product and planet. For people, we demonstrate good works through targeted philanthropic initiatives and a diverse and ethical workforce.

CONTACT(S):

Sprint


Media Contact:
Marci VerBrugge-Rhind, 913-794-6319, 
marci.j.verbrugge@sprint.com


or


Gina Masullo, 917-776-1921, 
gina@wordcountcommunications.com

Digital Caddies, Sprint and Samsung to Provide Innovative Technology Solution for Golf Courses

Digital Caddies, Sprint and Samsung to Provide Innovative Technology Solution for Golf Courses OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., November 12, 2013 - Digital Caddies, Inc., a golf technology pioneer based in Scottsdale, Sprint a leader in the burgeoning field of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technology and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC have announced that Sprint will be the exclusive data provider and Samsung will supply the Galaxy Tab® 2 10.1 for the Digital Caddies Player’s Network.

Earlier this year, Digital Caddies launched The Player’s Network – a course navigation and content platform installed on golf carts that connects to the web through Sprint’s high-speed wireless network and improves guests’ experiences by providing instant and accurate yardages, real-time interaction with the clubhouse, and other features golfers demand. Now golfers can interact with the platform on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, which is installed directly onto golf cart canopies and remains powered on throughout the entire round.

The platform is also a powerful tool for golf course operators to help build guest loyalty, and potentially increase course revenue and lower operating costs. The platform is specifically designed to promote interaction between the golfer and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 throughout their round, providing an opportunity for golf course operators and advertisers to interact directly with golfers in ways that have never been possible before.

Benefits to Golfers: The Digital Caddies Player’s Network on the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 delivers content golfers can use, such as accurate distance measuring, weather, golfer-to-course operator messaging and coming soon live news, sports scores and stock market updates. Digital Caddies Player’s Network content is displayed on the tablet’s beautiful 10.1-inch touchscreen display and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

Benefits to Golf Courses: Course operators can track their golf cart fleet, manage pace of play, communicate with their golfers and market merchandise, food and beverage specials, lessons, repeat rounds or anything else 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.

“Sprint is delighted to support this innovative value proposition from Digital Caddies,” said Kimberly Green-Kerr, regional vice president, Sprint. “By extending the connected vehicle to golf, they’re adding yet another dimension to how we work and how we play. The Player’s Network brings many of the same mobile features to the fairways that Sprint enables in automobiles and commercial fleets on the roadways. The result is a fresh new experience that makes golf more enjoyable for players, and at the same time, more efficient for course managers.”

Digital Caddies began installing The Player’s Network this summer on courses in Arizona, California and Florida and recently signed agreements with leading golf management companies such as Troon Golf Management, OB Sports and National Golf Management who collectively manage over 250 golf courses.

“We’re thrilled to have well-respected and successful brands like Sprint and Samsung share our vision,” said Digital Caddies President, Mike Loustalot. “These top tier companies provide tremendous value to the execution of that vision by supplying high-speed connectivity and the latest hardware. We recognize and appreciate the creativity, foresight and commitment of both Sprint and Samsung.”

Samsung, Galaxy and Galaxy Tab are all trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

CONTACT(S):

Sprint
, Caroline Semerdjian, 415-684-7314, Caroline.semerdjian@sprint.com 
 or


MWW for Samsung Mobile
, Lesli Benefield, 214-414-3324, 
lbenefield@mww.com


or


Communication Links
Rob Myers, 480-348-7540, rmyers@commlinks.com

Telecom 4G Goes Live To Create Compelling Ultra Mobile Experience

Telecom 4G Goes Live To Create Compelling Ultra Mobile Experience 11 November 2013

Telecom New Zealand will launch 4G across parts of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch overnight tonight, strengthening the high-quality mobile experience business clients and consumers already receive through its national WiFi and 3G networks.

Telecom announced last month that access to its 4G network would be free for customers with 4G-capable devices - in recognition that the faster data speeds available on this new technology will quickly become the “new normal” for New Zealanders, who have embraced smart devices in large numbers. It is also the first carrier in New Zealand to make 4G available to its prepaid customers, who will be able to access the faster network for no extra cost.

4G opens up a whole new world of connectivity and applications, particularly when combined with the up to 31GB per month that most1 Telecom and all Gen-i mobile customers can access for free on Telecom’s national WiFi network.

“When it comes to using the 4G network, we want our customers to feel confident diving in, going nuts, and taking advantage of how quickly they can do things like stream music and videos, make video calls, upload big files to the Cloud.

“But we recognise that many people are also a bit worried about what changing to the 4G network might mean for their phone bill - we know from looking overseas that they may use a lot more data.

“That’s why we’ve built a national WiFi network with 750 hotspots (and more being added all the time); why we’ve increased the data allowances on our Ultra Mobile plans; and why we are offering a free upgrade to 4G for our customers. It’s also why we’re developing a range of smart tools, such as the Telecom Smartphone application, which customers can use to monitor and manage their data usage.”

Gen-i CEO Tim Miles says that while 4G will help feed growing demand for new applications that leverage 4G speeds, it’s the integration of 3G, 4G, fibre and WiFi into a single platform for mobility, backed by Telecom’s high speed core fibre network, that will deliver a superior overall experience for Gen-i clients and their customers.

“Gen-i’s cloud and mobility services directly connected to our communications networks and data centres will really bring the benefits of 4G to life for our clients, and it’s our ability to deliver these services over a single platform for mobility that will make them quick, easy and cost effective for our clients to consume. Our WiFi network is a big part of this, as WiFi handover makes for a more cost-effective and consistent mobility experience in more places – complementing and enhancing our growing 4G coverage.”

“Our investments across both network infrastructure and innovative new cloud services will ultimately help our clients to create more flexible working environments, increase productivity and provide their employees and customers with easy ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to information and applications.”

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT:

Lucy Fullarton, Media and PR Manager Retail, Telecom New Zealand, Ph: +64 21 070 6197, lucy.fullarton@telecom.co.nz

Sprint and Vantiv Launch Tablet-Based Point-of-Sale

Sprint and Vantiv Launch Tablet-Based Point-of-Sale OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & CINCINNATI, November 05, 2013 - Sprint and Vantiv, Inc. today announced the launch of an innovative tablet-based, cloud-connected point-of-sale (POS) system. Vantiv Mobile Checkout, powered by NCR Silver, helps make it easier and more affordable for businesses to transition away from traditional cash registers and manual processes to the latest integrated technology. Vantiv Mobile Checkout, available through the Sprint business sales channel, empowers business owners to track sales and profitability, analyze and report on customer trends, manage inventory, market to customers and process sales on site or on location with secure payment processing.

This all-in-one solution includes the tablet, wireless connectivity, encrypted credit card reader, tablet stand, cash drawer and countertop receipt printer. Scanners, Bluetooth printers and other retail accessories are also available. Vantiv Mobile Checkout enables businesses to:

• Accept payments in the store, on the go or in a temporary/seasonal environment

• Manage multi-store inventory, employees and timekeeping

• Drive loyalty and increase sales with email marketing and social media campaigns

• Connect with customers more effectively with real-time sales history

• Have peace of mind with secure transactions, hardware replacement warranty and live customer service, seven days a week

“Our retail customers have been asking for a secure, integrated tablet-based point-of-sale system,” said Ben Vos-vice president, Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. “Together with Vantiv, we are delivering a robust mobile tablet-based POS solution that’s very affordable and rich with capabilities. Our goal is to seamlessly integrate the latest in storefront technology to help retailers provide their customers with a unique experience while also receiving valuable data key to critical decision making.”

Vantiv Mobile Checkout’s affordable startup cost, encrypted transactions and simple financing, gives businesses of all sizes access to a mobile point of sale solution that will let them sell in more places. Use the POS solution at the checkout desk or on the sales floor and use the card reader at tent and sidewalk sales, remote outdoor kiosks and in a customer’s home or business, which is necessary for field service employees.

Research by McKinsey and Company shows that up to 50 percent1 of small and medium-sized businesses are using or considering moving to a tablet POS or mobile POS system. With more than five million2 small to medium-sized businesses in the United States, the strategic relationship between Sprint and Vantiv provides expanded reach and distribution capabilities that capitalize on this trend.

“We are excited to be able to bring leading, integrated and innovative payment solutions to small businesses with Sprint,” said Elizabeth Rector-senior vice president and general manager of mobile and ecommerce, Vantiv. “Sprint’s business distribution network is a perfect way to reach more small businesses and we look forward to helping them be even more effective with Vantiv Mobile Checkout.”

Vantiv services approximately 400,000 merchant locations across the country and is the No. 1 PIN debit processor and third largest overall acquirer in the United States by total number of transactions3.

CONTACT(S):

Sprint, 
Randy Spolter, 703-592-8507, 
randal.spolter@sprint.com


or


Vantiv, 
Andrew Ciafardini, 513-900-5308, 
andrew.ciafardini@vantiv.com

Sprint and Mako Networks to Offer Simple, Secure PCI-compliant Solution for U.S. Businesses

Sprint and Mako Networks to Offer Simple, Secure PCI-compliant Solution for U.S. Businesses SAN FRANCISCO & OVERLAND PARK, Kan., November 04, 2013 - Mako Networks and Sprint have today announced a teaming agreement to add the Mako System to Sprint’s portfolio of solutions for retailers and distributed enterprises. U.S. customers can now purchase Mako’s solution integrated with Sprint’s wireless service to connect, protect, control and secure their data and payment transactions.

The Mako System creates simple, secure Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant networks for distributed enterprises (multisite businesses), such as retail chains or franchises. With an easy-to-use cloud-based Central Management System (CMS), Mako allows administrators to manage the network connections at thousands of sites through a single Web interface, without jeopardizing their networks’ PCI-compliant status. The solution also includes built-in Wi-Fi and Mako Guardian content filtering and reporting, in addition to an array of other value-added features, including extensive 24x7 monitoring and alerts to help maintain network security.

Mako also offers a secondary Internet connection or ‘failover’ option, which switches a business’s Internet connection to Sprint’s fast and reliable wireless network if the fixed-line connection is disrupted. This backup option allows businesses to maintain a non-stop retail environment. Under the agreement with Sprint, customers will enjoy the security and easy management of the Mako System, backed up by a reliable and affordable Sprint mobile data connection. The Mako System can also be configured to use the Sprint network as a primary means of Internet access.

In turn, Sprint’s U.S. business customer base offers a significant growth opportunity for Mako with a leading wireless and wireline services provider.

“Sprint is the perfect company for Mako to align with in bringing our solution to the distributed enterprise market here in the United States,” said Simon Gamble, Mako Networks president for North American operations. “With Sprint’s sizeable footprint in machine-to-machine solutions and world-class network, we believe that U.S. businesses will be delighted with the solution our services provide.”

Ben Vos, vice president of Emerging Solutions at Sprint, added, “Mako’s technology is leading the way in secure, PCI-compliant networking for the distributed enterprise. Our business customers will appreciate the ease of use and powerful connectivity options the Mako System provides. Sprint’s retail M2M strategy is to integrate new technology that provides the customer an omni-channel experience while delivering a valuable set of data analytics for better decision-making to the retailer.”

For more information or to purchase the Mako System with Sprint, visit www.sprint.com/m2mretail.

CONTACT(S):

Sprint
, Stephanie Greenwood, 913-315-1612, 
stephanie.greenwood@sprint.com


or


Mako Networks, 
Kevin Ptak, 716-243-2777, 
kevinp@makonetworks.com