HP Helps Sprint Enhance Network to Give PCS Vision Users Access to High-Speed Data Services
Mobile Internet Gateway from 724 Solutions is core of HP's integrated solution
PALO ALTO, Calif., and OVERLAND PARK, KS, (Oct 23, 2002) - HP (NYSE:HPQ)) and Sprint (NYSE: FON, PCS) today announced the deployment of a powerful, next generation data gateway in Sprint's new 3G 1X wireless network, which Sprint deployed Aug. 8.
Sprint is the first U.S. carrier to complete a nationwide 3G 1X network upgrade, and the data gateway is an essential element in the new network infrastructure. The new open, standards-based data gateway enabled Sprint to get to market more quickly and more efficiently by allowing web applications to be written once, but used with all mobile devices, including phones, wirelessly enabled notebook PCs and PDAs (personal digital assistants).
HP was the prime systems integrator, working closely with its strategic partner, 724 Solutions, to provide Sprint with a complete, end-to-end solution. HP Services integrated the software into Sprint's network, using 724 Solutions' X-treme Mobility Gateways as the core enabling technology.
HP Services also incorporated HP's high-availability storage technology to handle the expanded data storage needs, as well as HP OpenView service management software to provide for overall network management. The entire solution runs on HP-UX and HP's Linux platforms.
"Sprint is pleased to partner with HP and 724 Solutions on this innovative new wireless platform for our nationwide next generation network." Said Oliver Valente, Chief Technology Officer, PCS division, Sprint.
Sebastiano Tevarotto, Vice President and General Manager, HP Network and Service Provider Business Unit, said, "As an industry leader, Sprint sets the bar high. From its partners, Sprint expects the most advanced, open technology and a deep understanding of the network. HP is one of the few companies that has this dual expertise, and that's why we can help build great value into Sprint's mobile network."
Tevarotto added, "It certainly helps to have innovative partners like 724 Solutions. They understand availability and massive scalability, and their X-treme Mobility Gateways clearly reflects that expertise."
"Through our alliance with HP, we can help Sprint deliver new data services and applications to customers dependably and quickly while generating new revenue streams," said John Sims, chief executive officer, 724 Solutions. "This represents an opportunity for 724 to take our access gateway to market with a leading solutions provider."
Sprint is a global communications company serving more than 26 million business and residential customers in over 70 countries. With approximately 75,000 employees worldwide and more than $26 billion in annual revenues, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies, including the United States' first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network and Sprint's award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint provides local voice and data services in 18 states and operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States.
HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. HP completed its merger transaction involving Compaq Computer Corp. on May 3, 2002. More information about HP is available at www.hp.com
This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include the statements herein regarding: the services and products that will be offered by 724 Solutions and Sonera SmartTrust, the benefits that businesses will obtain from these services and products and future demand for these services and products. The accuracy of these statements may be impacted by a number of business risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated, including the risk that 724 Solutions will be unable to deploy the solutions and products stated herein, the risk that the demand for the solutions and products will not increase as presently anticipated and other risks described in 724 Solutions' SEC filings. These risks are also described in 724 Solutions' filings with the Canadian Securities Administrators. 724 Solutions does not undertake any obligation to update this forward-looking information, except as required under applicable law.
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Avichai Levy, VP Marketing Mobixell Networks
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