Sprint Selects Agilent's OSS Solutions for Consolidation

5/29/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that Sprint (NYSE: FON, PCS) has made a purchase of the full suite of Agilent OSS service assurance solutions for upgrading Sprint's existing Agilent OSS hardware and software. A long-time user of Agilent operations support systems (OSSs), Sprint selected Agilent to help consolidate its OSSs. The Agilent solutions enable Sprint to lower the company's total cost of ownership for OSS, including software, maintenance and training expenditures.

"Our OneSprint initiative, which aims to simplify our OSS, is imperative to gain the efficiencies and reduced cost structure Sprint needs to effectively achieve its growth strategy," said Michael Rapken, Sprint vice president, Network Systems Development. "In addition to our existing use of Agilent OSS solutions, the company's stability, market leadership and breadth of unified OSS solutions were the compelling reasons we chose Agilent."

Agilent's OSS strategy focuses on integrating solutions to give service providers the ability to manage not only networks, but also subscribers and services. True service management requires OSSs that share information across products, allowing users to determine the customer impact of network problems and can quickly determine the root cause.

"This purchase from with Sprint strengthens Agilent's position as a long-term, strategic OSS supplier," said Giorgio Dina, vice president and general manager, Agilent OSS business unit. "As in the past, we are committed to Sprint's success and are confident that our unified OSS solutions and ongoing strategy lines up well with its OSS consolidation initiative."

Agilent in Communications
Agilent Technologies is a leading provider of components, test, measurement, monitoring and management solutions for the communications industry. Agilent enables designers, manufacturers and service providers to accelerate the delivery of next-generation devices, networks and services. Agilent's broad set of solutions and services includes optical, wireless, Internet and broadband technologies that span the entire communications life cycle.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 32,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.

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