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Sprint to start migration to 100% packet network
Posted on 29-May-2003 13:26. | Tags Filed under: News.

Sprint became the first major telecommunications company in the United States to convert from a circuit-switched telephone network to a simplified, next-generation packet network. The project entails the replacement of Sprint’s entire local switching network with packet technology. The launch of the innovative packet technology began today in Gardner, Kan.

Packet switching provides the most efficient alternative for the replacement of Sprint’s existing circuit switches, and enables Sprint to meet the demands of customers while addressing capacity growth. The conversion will consist of an entire network evolution to packet. By initially leveraging the high reliability of Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Sprint will be capable of combining three separate “overlay” networks into a single, converged network for voice, data and private-line services. The technology put into place today provides the high reliability and full set of services of today’s voice and data networks and solidly positions Sprint for Internet Protocol (IP) applications.

A packet network enables voice, video and data traffic to be “broken down” into smaller pieces (packets) and simultaneously sent across the same path allowing for a more efficient use of the network. The planned migration of Sprint’s eight million lines to a packet system will improve the capability of the company’s network to introduce and operate future products and services, and facilitates the progression to a seamless Sprint network.

“The eyes of the telecom world are now positioned on Gardner, Kan.,” said Mike Fuller, president, Sprint’s Local Telecommunications Division. “This is a historical landmark not only for Sprint, but also for the entire telecommunications industry. A packet network lays the groundwork for services that customers haven’t even imagined yet, and Sprint is in position to lead the way.”

“The migration to a packet network is based on economic analysis that indicates it is a prudent business decision to change our circuit network in certain locations,” added Fuller. “We have identified hard economic ‘triggers’ for the conversion of one million lines and we’ll continue to identify additional offices that will be dictated by future economic signals.”

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