Sprint Emerging Solutions & Global Wholesale and Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a leading provider of cloud and premises-based unified communications and collaboration (UCC) solutions, today announced that they have entered into a wholesale agreement to enable resellers of the fast-growing cloud services market for small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) in the U.S. Building on an existing relationship, the new agreement will enable Mitel and Sprint Emerging Solutions & Global Wholesale to extend their addressable markets and fully capitalize on the rapid adoption of cloud services worldwide, a market which is predicted to reach $52 billion this year.1
As part of the agreement, the Mitel hosted PBX cloud communications service will be included in Sprint's Wholesale Cloud Services, helping Sprint's SMB-focused resellers launch quickly and cost-efficiently in the cloud services marketplace. As a result, Sprint's wholesale customers will be able to market services such as hosted voice, unified communications, email, web collaboration, archiving and web commerce on a secure, high-performance, cloud-based infrastructure — without the cost and complexity of building an IT environment.
In addition, Mitel will now be able to market Sprint's Wholesale Cloud Services portfolio directly to its SMB customers nationwide, providing a comprehensive, cost-efficient and proven suite of services for its U.S. business customers. Sprint's Wholesale Cloud Services portfolio offers a full range of SaaS and CaaS cloud services consisting of trusted brand name offerings to help Sprint Wholesale partners launch more quickly and with less capital outlay than if they were to procure the services themselves.
"Organizations worldwide are turning to cloud services that support their business requirements in a timely and cost-efficient manner," said Matt Carter, president, Sprint Emerging Solutions & Global Wholesale. "This agreement with Mitel augments our Wholesale Cloud Services offer with the industry's leading unified communications solution. This ensures we continue to enable our resellers with easy-to-use, affordable and high-performance cloud solutions that they can quickly take to market without the expense and hassle of having to create their own services."
"This is a win-win for Sprint and Mitel," said Jon Brinton, president of Mitel NetSolutions. "The cloud market is predicted to explode in 2013, and our partnership with Sprint means that we are fully equipped to benefit from this growth. We can now address multiple aspects of the cloud market through either direct or reseller channels, and deliver a comprehensive and flexible offer across the full spectrum of products, applications and support."
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 55 million customers at the end 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 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.
Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW) is a global provider of unified communications and collaboration (UCC) software, solutions and services that enable organizations to conduct business anywhere, over any medium with the device of their choice. Through a single cloud-ready software stream, Mitel's Freedom architecture provides customers in over 100 countries the flexibility and simplicity needed to support today's dynamic work environment. For more information visit www.mitel.com.
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1 IDC, Worldwide and Regional Public IT Cloud Services 2012-2016 Forecast, August 2012, IDC #236552, Volume: 1