nTelos, Sprint reach agreement over Strategic Network Alliance

25 Sep 2013

Virginia-based mobile operator nTelos Wireless has announced that it has reached a settlement with Sprint Corporation (formerly Sprint Nextel) over disputes related to their long-standing Strategic Network Alliance (SNA), although the precise terms of the agreement have not been disclosed. Under the SNA, nTelos provides exclusive PCS service on a wholesale basis to Sprint’s customers in portions of western Virginia and West Virginia. The settlement resolves a disagreement relating to the data rate reset that began in the fourth quarter 2011, and also unrelated historical billing disputes that were raised in the third quarter 2012. James A. Hyde, CEO of NTELOS Holdings Corp, commented: ‘We are pleased to put our disputes with Sprint behind us in a manner we view as a win/win for both companies. Since entering into the SNA in 1999, we have worked closely with Sprint to create a strong and mutually beneficial partnership. Today’s announcement further strengthens our relationship by revising and simplifying a number of terms from the original agreement, which we expect will allow nTelos to maintain wholesale revenue at levels consistent with recent quarters and by establishing a basis from which we can extend and expand our partnership beyond the current term’.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the SNA is due to expire on 31 July 2015, subject to an automatic three-year extension. nTelos has previously reported that the agreement provides a minimum of USD9 million per month in revenues.