Sun Microsystems Works with Sprint to Power Enhanced Third Generation Network and PCs Vision[sm] Services

8/28/2002 - Sun Microsystems products and technologies provide valuable infrastructure and service delivery technology for Sprint's PCS VisionSM - the company's revolutionary Third Generation (3G) wireless products and services - and the upgraded 3G 1X wireless network - that recently debuted nationwide.

Sprint, a pioneer in communications network technologies, and Sun Microsystems, an innovator of Internet systems and software, are delivering the first nationwide convergence of Internet services, wireless data and voice to consumers and business people. Both companies share the common vision that next generation services must be based on open standards that support rapid innovation and faster time to market. This initiative builds on the existing alliance between Sprint and Sun to deliver integrated customer solutions.

Working end-to-end from the backend server system to the mobile handset, Sun's technologies, including SunTMONE software, JavaTM technology and Sun servers, give Sprint a scalable, secure standards-based platform for the delivery of interactive wireless data services to Sprint's more than 15 million wireless customers.

"Sun Microsystems has played a pivotal role in our migration to next generation Network services," said William T. Esrey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sprint. "As the convergence of the Internet and wireless technology gains momentum in the market, we will continue to rely on Sun's technologies — both hardware and software — to provide the scalability and reliability we need to successfully change the way Sprint wireless customers work, learn, play and communicate."

Initially, PCS Vision from Sprint will include services that allow consumer and business customers to use their Vision-enabled PCS Devices to take and receive pictures, check personal and corporate e-mail, play games with full-color graphics and polyphonic sounds and browse the Internet wirelessly with speeds comparable to a home computer's dial-up connection. Sprint plans to continue enriching the customer experience throughout the remainder of this year and into 2003 with an evolving set of applications, content and new capabilities such as streaming audio and video, and even faster data speeds.

"The shift to providing clarity you can see and hear has revolutionized virtually every aspect of wireless service from Sprint," said Esrey. "And Sun technology touches many areas."

Because Sprint required a high degree of service availability and uptime, the company chose Sun NetraTM and Sun FireTM servers running Sun ONE software to build the foundation of their 3G network. Sprint's commitment to open standards has been further emphasized by the choice of the JavaTM 2 Platform, Micro Edition(J2METM) as the content platform for the delivery of a vast array of applications and content to Sprint customers. Sun Professional Services and Java Engineering were also tapped by Sprint to provide consulting services for Sprint Vision Wireless Services.

"Sprint's 3G launch is a significant event both for the wireless industry and Sun," said Scott McNealy, Chairman, President and CEO, Sun Microsystems. "Sprint's approach is an example of end-to-end design in action. By choosing Sun's open-standards based architecture, Sprint is now able to rapidly expand their 3G Network in order to add services that will meet customer needs as they arise."

About Sprint
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. Sprint's award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone is being extended to key global markets to provide customers with a broad portfolio of scalable IP products. Sprint's high-capacity, high-speed network gives customers fast, dependable, nonstop access to the vast majority of the world's Internet content. Sprint also operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States, including more than 4,000 cities and communities.

About Sun Microsystems (
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision — "The Network Is The ComputerTM" — has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries.

Sun, the Sun logo, Sun Microsystems, Solaris, Sun Netra, Sun Fire, J2ME and Java are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries.

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