Sun Launches NEP Lifecycle Services Program for Wireless Market

3/23/2004 - Targeting the $29 billion (Source: IDC) network equipment provider (NEP) market, Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced it is expanding its services offerings by launching the NEP Lifecycle Services Program(SM). NEPs are the prime providers of network equipment for wireless carriers. The top 10 NEPs, representing more than 90 percent of the telecommunications network equipment market, currently offer solutions based on Sun's network computing platform.

"Our goal is to continuously increase the strategic value that Sun brings to our valued Network Equipment Provider partners. This announcement does exactly this and puts Sun at an even higher strategic level by improving the business processes that matter most to these partners," said Marge Breya, senior vice president, marketing, Sun Microsystems."

Unlike competitor's offerings, the new NEP Lifecycle Services Program helps NEPs focus less on day-to-day technology and more on product development. NEPs can reduce their product development, integration and supply chain costs, minimize hardware development expense while increasing inventory turnover, ultimately delivering highly customized products to their end user.

The new NEP Lifecycle Services includes:

Sun, in conjunction with systems integrators for the telecommunications industry GNP, Pinnacle Data Systems and Continuous Computing Corporation delivers this comprehensive set of service offerings that can be combined into one package or used as much or as little as needed to meet the NEP's requirements.

Sun and Telecommunications
Sun is a global leader in the $1 trillion (Source: IDC) telecommunications services market, with over 100 telecommunications customers worldwide. The top 10 Network Equipment Providers representing more than 90% of the telecommunications infrastructure market offer Sun solutions based on Sun's carrier-grade Netra(TM) servers. These systems are complemented by SunStorEdge(TM) products, Java(TM) Enterprise System software and Sun(SM) Services. Sun is enabling customers to deliver on Sun's vision of the "Personal Network" where the network evolves to center around the individual, rather than around the device. For up-to-date information join the Sun Executive Boardroom Program at

Industry estimates courtesy of IDC ( ):

  1. IDC, NSP Equipment Forecast, 2003-2007, February 2003, #28838
  2. Worldwide Telecommunications Services Forecast and Analysis, 2002-2007, March 2003, #29013)

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