US mobile operator Sprint Corp and Swedish telecoms vendor Ericsson have announced a renewal of portions of the companies’ 2009 managed services contract, which reaches its full term in September 2016. As part of the new relationship Ericsson will provide a number of multi-vendor services that support the ongoing operations, development and transformation of Sprint’s networks. Overall Network Service Assurance management of the network will be performed by the cellco, however.
Dr. John Saw, Sprint’s chief technology officer, commented: ‘Sprint’s network is performing at best-ever levels, and we are proud of the progress we have made with Ericsson over the last seven years. Ericsson remains a valued strategic partner in supporting the Sprint network. As with any long-term managed services agreement, it is crucial that the relationship is regularly reviewed and adjustments made when necessary so that business strategies remain aligned.’