Sprint selects Schlumberger for Packet Network IT Project

18 June 2003 Houston, TX Lightwave Europe--SchlumbergerSema has signed an agreement with Sprint to provide systems integration, data migration and network inventory management services over the next four years.

18 June 2003 Houston, TX--SchlumbergerSema has signed an agreement with Sprint to provide systems integration, data migration and network inventory management services over the next four years.

The agreement will support Sprint's migration from a circuit-switched telephone network to a packet network, helping to enable the company to deliver an extensive range of communication products and services.

SchlumbergerSema will provide the data migration to a new network inventory management platform for conversion to packet (C2P). In this multi-phased, multi-year project, SchlumbergerSema will migrate both systematic and manually selected data from several existing Sprint source applications, populating them in the new OSS.

Sprint is the first telecommunications company to begin the conversion from a circuit-switched telephone network to a simplified, next-generation packet network. A packet network enables voice, video and data traffic to be broken into packets and simultaneously sent across the same path allowing for a more efficient use of the network. A packet network will improve the capability to introduce and operate future products and services, and facilitates the progression to a seamless Sprint network.

"The C2P OSS plan also includes streamlining our functionality to get as much data as possible into a single inventory repository," said Jim Hansen, senior vice president, network, Sprint. "Through its technical project management experience in telecommunications and other markets, SchlumbergerSema can bring synergy to a complex, multi-faceted operation. The projects will produce significant improvements in the way we deliver services to our customers."

Paul Stewart, president, North and South America, SchlumbergerSema, said, "Our objective as a systems integrations partner is to work with Sprint to ensure the chosen OSS platform efficiently meets the requirements of their business. Sprint's industry-leading initiatives are paving the way for advanced telecommunications services worldwide."

A global communications company serving more than 26 million business and residential customers in over 70 countries, Sprint is recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies.

The company has the United States' first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network and is known for its award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint also operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States.

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