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Sprint Speeds Into Metro

Sprint Corp. (NYSE: FON) today launched its first high-bandwidth managed services for business customers wanting to link data centers within metro areas.

Called Sprint Optical Networking Solutions (SONS), the new offerings -- based on Nortel Networks Corp. (NYSE/Toronto: NT) optical gear -- connect multiple metro locations via private ring-based networks at speeds up to 320 Gbit/s. The services provide either DWDM (dense wavelength-division multiplexing) or Sonet networks, and handle Ethernet as well as storage networking protocols like Fibre Channel, Ficon, and Escon (see Sprint Debuts Metro SAN Service).

"We haven't had the metro service before," says Mike McRoberts, director of access product management for Sprint Business. "Now we're able to provide optical connectivity between a customer's primary data center and remote center."

While Sprint plans to eventually make SONS available nationwide, it's first focusing on 12 major U.S. markets: Atlanta ; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York; Reston, Va.; St. Louis; San Francisco; and Seattle.

"The reality is it's not limited to those 12 areas," says McRoberts. "We just think we have a wealth of capabilities in those 12."

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