Last week I was at Teched where one of my colleagues introduced Sprint in a presentation on Nortel and Microsoft’s continuing efforts around UC. Sprint a long time customer of Nortel and Microsoft and with 64,600 employees operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the US.
The presentation was focused on Sprints challenges including maintenance of PBXs across the US, introduction to VoIP without breaking the bank (how to introduce VoIP handsets and replace TDM handsets – where’s the ROI?), and existing VoIP solutions were not viable due to limitations around SIP trunking.
As you can see Sprints network includes a number switches scattered throughout the US. The new plan is to consolidate and provide services in a main facility using the CS2100s, Microsoft’s OCS 2007, and Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging to provide a centralized, manageable VoIP infrastructure for years to come.
The part of the presentation I found valuable was the lessons learned.
Bottomline – Sprint was challenged with business and technical hurdles to move to Unified Communications. Nortel and Microsoft helped the Sprint team and now Sprint has a plan for the consolidation efforts.
It was exciting and I found the presentation excellent and an example for my customers in education. My hat goes off to the Sprint, Nortel, and MS teams on this project!!
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