Thursday, August 21, 2014

ZTE Sees Strong Profit Growth in 1H14 Led by 4G Rollouts in China

ZTE released financial guidance forecasting net profit attributable to shareholders of the listed company of be between RMB 1.7 billion and RMB 1.9 billion in the first nine months of 2014, an increase of between 208.2% to 244.5% from a year earlier. ZTE also reportedthat first-half net profit increased 263.9% to RMB 1.13 billion. Six-month basic earnings per share was RMB 0.33, while revenue increased to RMB 37.7 billion.

The company cited strength in revenue from network contracts and ongoing improvements to contract profitability in the first nine months, including 4G rollouts in China.

In the first six months, ZTE reported operating revenue of RMB 19.26 billion from the domestic market, accounting for 51.1% of the Group’s overall operating revenue. Leveraging opportunities presented by the large-scale deployment of 4G networks, the Group committed to efforts to develop business in emerging new sectors such as the Mobile Internet and Cloud Computing under its M-ICT Strategy. Innovative solutions were launched with enhanced in-house capabilities, while strategic cooperation with carriers was conducted in a practical manner to maintain the Group’s dominant position and increase its market shares, laying the foundations for sustainable long-term development.

ZTE reported operating revenue of RMB 18.44 billion from the international market, accounting for 48.9% of the Group’s overall operating revenue. In adherence to the strategy of focusing on major populous nations and mainstream global carriers, the Group further optimized its market profile to achieve stable operations and quality growth.

More details online.

http://wwwen.zte.com.cn/en/press_center/news/201408/t20140820_426589.html

Huawei's European Operations Lands US$1.6 Billion Loan

Huawei Technologies' European subsidiary has been granted a US$1.6 billion 5+1+1-year revolving credit facility (loan) by leading European banks, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A., BNP Paribas, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, DBS Bank Ltd., Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A., HSBC Bank plc, ING Bank N.V., Standard Chartered Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, Hong Kong Branch.

"This symbolizes that the level of trust and cooperation between Huawei and our partners has been raised to new heights. We would like to thank all of you for your trust and support, which has helped us walk steadily forward on the road to globalization." said Mr. Evan Bai, the president of Treasury of Huawei Group, "We firmly believe that Huawei will maintain its unceasing efforts, make continuous improvements, achieve stable and favorable performance, and repay all of you for your trust and support."

http://www.huawei.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vertical Systems' Mid-2014 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD

Vertical Systems Group released its Mid-2014 Leaderboard for U.S. Carrier Ethernet service: (in rank order based on retail ports): AT&T, Verizon, tw telecom, CenturyLink, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox, Level 3 and XO. Port shares were calculated using the base of enterprise installations of Ethernet services, plus input from Vertical Systems Group's independent surveys of Ethernet service providers. The LEADERBOARD threshold is four percent (4%) or more of billable port installations.

The next, or Challenge Tier, includes all providers with between 1% and 4% share of the U.S. retail Ethernet market. The following seven companies attained a position in the mid-2014 Challenge Tier (in alphabetical order): Charter, Cogent, Integra, Lightpath, MegaPath, Windstream and Zayo.

"Now beyond the hockey stick ramp stage, the U.S. Ethernet services market has entered a very healthy growth period. During the first half of 2014, more new Ethernet customer ports were installed than during any previous corresponding period," said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. "Customers shopping for Ethernet services have a broader choice of companies with substantial Ethernet assets, including the sixteen providers on the mid-2014 LEADERBOARD and Challenge Tier rosters."

A shakeup of the U.S. LEADERBOARD may be ahead, pending the outcome of merger activity for four of the top nine providers. In February, Comcast announced its intent to acquire Time Warner Cable. In June, Level 3 announced an agreement to acquire tw telecom.

Companies with Ethernet port share below 1% are in the Market Player tier. The Market Player tier includes the following providers selling retail Ethernet services in the U.S. market (in alphabetical order): Alpheus Communications, American Telesis, Bright House Networks, BT Global Services, Cincinnati Bell, Consolidated Communications, Earthlink Business, Expedient, FairPoint Communications, FiberLight, Fibertech, Frontier, Hawaiian Telecom, Lightower, LS Networks, Lumos Networks, Masergy, NTT America, Orange Business, RCN Business, Reliance Globalcom, Sprint, SuddenLink, Tata, TDS Telecom, TelePacific, US Signal, WOW!Business and other companies.

http://www.verticalsystems.com

China Telecom Tests Huawei's LTE eMBMS Broadcasts

China Telecom deployed pre-commercial, LTE-based evolved multimedia broadcast/multicast service (eMBMS) for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG), which are underway and run from August 16-28 in Beijing. eMBMS enable a high-quality video broadcasts for mobile LTE users during the games.

During the YOG, Huawei and China Telecom will demonstrate the eMBMS service live at the YOG Control Center and the temporary business hall in the Youth Olympic Village (YOG), as well as tertiary educational institutions, such as Hohai University campus and Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications campus, in Nanjing. In addition, China Telecom has made 18,000 Huawei C8817 eMBMS-enabled device units available to YOG service volunteers so that they can enjoy watching HD YOG games on their mobile terminals anytime, anywhere, and free of charge.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-362438-lte.htm#.U_WATPmWWSo

CenturyLink Launches Private Cloud Service in 57 Data Centers

CenturyLink officially launched a new Private Cloud service feauturing the physical isolation, dedicated hardware and security standards that many large enterprises require.

CenturyLink Private Cloud is now available from the company's 57 data centers located in 34 cities around the world. Each private cloud instance is federated into the CenturyLink Cloud network of public cloud nodes, giving users a single interface for creating and maintaining a hybrid environment that spans both public and private clouds. The end result is greater agility for businesses across a broader range of workloads – even those that require additional security and compliance.

“CenturyLink continues to realize our vision for business-friendly hybrid IT solutions, with public cloud, private cloud and network connectivity all available from one provider,” said Andrew Higginbotham, senior vice president, cloud and technology, at CenturyLink. “CenturyLink Private Cloud delivers the best of private cloud – from dedicated hardware and physical isolation to enterprise-level security and service-level agreements – along with our truly innovative public cloud experience, featuring advanced self-service automation and a fast pace of feature innovation.”

http://www.centurylink.com/technology


  • In January, Savvis adopted the CenturyLink Technology Solutions brand. CenturyLink acquired Savvis in 2011.

PernixData Raises $35M for Storage Software

PernixData, a start-up based in San Jose, California, raised $35 million in Series C funding for its server-side storage intelligence solution.

PernixData said its mission is to fundamentally changing how storage is designed and operated in virtual data centers. The company’s flagship product, PernixData FVP software, virtualizes server flash and RAM to enable scale-out storage performance that is independent of capacity. No changes are required to VMs, servers or primary storage, ensuring maximum performance of all virtualized applications in a seamless, scalable and cost-effective manner.

The company reports 42 percent quarter-over-quarter revenue growth. PernixData has sold its FVP software to approximately 200 companies in over 20 countries, ranging from two to 300+ node deployments.

The new funding round was led Menlo Ventures and included new individual investments from Marc Benioff (chairman and CEO of salesforce.com), Jim Davidson (Co-Founder, Managing Partner and Managing Director at Silver Lake), and Steve Luczo (chairman and CEO of Seagate Technology).  Previous investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Lightspeed Ventures, Lane Bess, Mark Leslie and John Thompson also contributed to the Series C round, which now brings the total investment in the company to $62 million.

“PernixData has experienced an absolutely amazing year with groundbreaking product features, 160 percent growth in world-wide headcount, extensive industry accolades, top tier funding, and revenues that were 50 percent higher than any other enterprise software company during its first year of sales, handily beating the previous record in this space,” said Poojan Kumar, CEO and co-founder of PernixData.  “This underscores the enormous demand for our unique decoupled storage architecture. We will use this revenue momentum and the new round of funding to execute on our next phase of product vision and deliver FVP globally to all virtualized data centers.”

“We are witnessing a fundamental shift in storage design where performance is decoupled from capacity using PernixData FVP software and server side flash,” said Steve Luczo, chairman of the board and CEO of Seagate Technology. “This brings unparalleled performance and scalability to virtualized applications, and makes flash technology a strategic component of tomorrow’s software defined data center.”

http://www.pernixdata.com

Vodafone Australia Picks Ericsson for VoLTE/IMS

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has selected Ericsson to implement a core technology upgrade for their national network.

The deployment includes Ericsson's solutions for Evolved Packet Core and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), policy control and circuit-switched core.

Ericsson's IMS platform is the foundation for the introduction of next-generation communication services over LTE, such as voice over LTE (VoLTE).

Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.ericsson.com

Ericsson Lands 5-Year Managed Service Deal with Hrvatski Telekom

Ericsson has signed a five-year managed services contract with lea
ding Croatian operator Hrvatski Telekom, a member of the Deutsche Telekom Group.

The five-year contract for construction and maintenance of telecommunications infrastructure includes planning and construction of fixed and mobile networks, maintenance of telecommunications infrastructure, telecom network monitoring, as well as field maintenance of active access and passive networks. A total of 640 employees will be transferred to Ericsson.

Jean-Claude Geha, Vice President and Head of Managed Services, Ericsson, says: "While extending our relationship with Hrvatski Telekom and the Deutsche Telekom Group, we will use our expertise gained from more than 15 years in telecom managed services to improve end-user experience and optimize network operating costs. By saving time and resources, Hrvatski Telekom will be able to increase its investments in innovation, sales and customer management."

http://www.ericsson.com

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Telefónica Tests Network Functions Virtualization with Brocade

Telefónica has conducted a series of tests with Brocade's Vyatta 5600 vRouter aimed at benchmarking the performance range service providers can expect from virtualized, software-based networking infrastructure. The establishment of NFV benchmarks is part of a joint effort by both companies within the Telefónica NFV Reference Lab framework.

In the tests performed by Telefónica, the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter achieved 80 Gbps on a Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Intel-based x86 server. Deployed within a Red Hat KVM environment, the Brocade Vyatta 5600 was deployed as a single Virtual Machine (VM) and supported all of the server's available ports at line rate. Released in early 2014, the Brocade Vyatta 5600 is a purpose-built NFV solution offering advanced routing, firewall, and VPN functionality.

"The promise of NFV is rapid service creation and highly elastic scalability. While virtualization is significant to achieving this agility, it has historically been the fundamental limiter to the kind of performance required for scalability," said Enrique Algaba, Network Innovation and Virtualization Director at Telefónica.

"In less than two hours, we deployed the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter from a memory stick and completed our performance tests in our NFV Reference Lab. These results are allowing us, as network operators, to aggressively change our perspective regarding what is possible with software-driven networking in order to accelerate the adoption and deployment of these revolutionary technologies," said Francisco-Javier Ramón, Head of Telefónica NFV Reference Lab.

Brocade also noted that its vPlane™ technology enables the Vyatta 5600 vRouter to leverage Intel Xeon processor-based servers and the Intel Data Plane Development Kit.

The next update to the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter will further advance the NFV solution's capabilities by adding:

  • Layer 3 MPLS
  • Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol Version 3 (L2TPv3)
  • High-availability enhancements to support IPv6
  • OpenDaylight integration through NETCONF/YANG


http://www.brocade.com/NFV

In June, Brocade outlined the first phase of a long-term corporate strategy to develop an open and modular networking platform for cloud and telecommunications service providers.

The Brocade Vyatta Platform, which is the first phase this strategy, encompasses proven Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and emerging SDN technologies based on open standards and open source initiatives. It utilizes established core components, including as the Brocade Vyatta vRouter and Brocade vADX products, along with the open source software projects such as OpenDaylight and OpenStack.

The architecture of the Brocade Vyatta Platform is comprised of three core layers: NFV Connection Services, SDN Structural Services and Functional Orchestration. Each layer of this open architecture is modular and enables customers to select the products and/or solutions that fit their particular data center requirements:
  • NFV Connection Services: Deploy Layer 3-7 network functionality with the Brocade Vyatta vRouter and the Brocade vADX products, along with service chains including third-party elements where needed.
  • SDN Structural Services: Leverage the rapid advancements of the multivendor OpenDaylight Project to simplify management through centralized control.
  • Functional Orchestration: Engage a vast range of capabilities from OpenStack and widely interoperable third-party provisioning and orchestration layers.
Communication between the layers utilizes transparent standards-based protocols and methods, including REST APIs and the NETCONF/YANG model, to ensure configuration interoperability.  

Brocade Supplies High-Performance Cloud Fabric for NZ's AO Cloud

New Zealand-based AO Cloud Ltd has selected Brocade's VCS Fabric technology and data center architecture for a new wave of "convergent cloud" solutions.

Specifically, AO Cloud has deployed Brocade VDX 6740 Switches in its data centers to create single-layer 10 GbE fabrics. The fabrics are automatically aware of all devices (servers, switches, appliances) within their domain, and AO Cloud can add and remove switches from any VCS fabric without manual configuration. Virtual Machine (VM) network automation features are intrinsic to the fabric and are also hypervisor-agnostic.  To extend VM awareness and mobility between data centres, AO Cloud has also deployed Brocade NetIron CER 2000 Series high-performance routers that support Layer 2 VPN connections between sites. In common with the Brocade VDX switches, the new routers feature Software-Defined Networking (SDN) capabilities based on the OpenFlow standard, providing greater programmatic control over the network.

"AO Cloud is differentiating its cloud services offering with a new network architecture we have branded 'convergent cloud.' Our plans always encompass fast compute and storage facilities that could talk to multiple production data centres, capable of isolating customer traffic in VLANs and producing an extremely secure environment," said Jeff Herbert, Director, AO Cloud Ltd.

"For this we needed the highly scalable capabilities of Brocade Ethernet fabrics. We also wanted to provision the network for SDN capabilities to facilitate drag-and-drop capabilities for VLANs between data centres, and prepare to write our own SDN software to modify new connections as homogenous across the network. For this we needed an active-active data centre environment to host resilient managed services. It had to be Brocade," added Herbert.

Brocade said active-active data centre architectures support real-time synchronization and load balancing of applications and their data between two or more cloud data centers, enabling service delivery from any or all of them. This approach makes location another virtualized layer in the service cloud. AO Cloud is leveraging the SDN capabilities of Brocade routers and switches to help its customers design and self-provision secure Layer 2 VPNs within the cloud built around multiple data centres.

"The automated fabric environment that AO Cloud has constructed provides a key technical benefit of allowing it to manage customer services, rather than focusing on managing infrastructure," said Gary Denman, Senior Director for Australia and New Zealand at Brocade. "Not very long ago, the concept of virtual machine mobility between data centers was just a theory, but AO Cloud is now leveraging it to offer a range of services with strong value-add. I believe this is very much a sign of how the cloud will deliver business services in the future."

http://newsroom.brocade.com/press-releases/brocade-fabric-innovates-high-performance-data-cen-nasdaq-brcd-1136720#.U_QdxfldX5w
http://www.aocloud.co.nz/

Viatel Announces €125 Million Expansion in Metro Nets + Data Centers

Viatel, which operates metro fiber networks and data centers in Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Paris, Rotterdam, Brussels, Zurich, Lyons, Bordeaux and Marseilles, announced a €125 million expansion.

Over the coming year, Viatel will invest in extending its fiber infrastructure, cloud services and data centres, and will execute on a stream of acquisitions, supported by newly announced funding partner, Proventus Capital Partners.

"This is an exciting time for Viatel" says company CEO, Colm Piercy, "While we already connect 150 data centres and thousands of multinational enterprises and organisations across Western Europe, this investment will now enable us to enhance our services and to extend our reach further and deeper within Europe, and to connect new locations in the USA, Canada, the Middle East and Asia" he adds.
Already one of the largest owners of transcontinental duct and fibre across Europe, Viatel also offer a wide portfolio of voice and managed services, and operate an extensive data centre estate.

"Proventus Capital Partners is committed to working with dynamic and growth oriented businesses throughout Europe. In Viatel, we have found an exciting mix of opportunity and capability and we look forward to working closely with management to develop the company's true potential" comments Henrik Bjerklin, Investment Director with Proventus Capital Partners.

Viatel also owns over 8,500km of duct and fibre optic network infrastructure connecting 8 countries, 35 primary cities, 150 data centres and thousands of mid and large sized enterprises.

http://www.viatel.com/news/press-releases/viatel-to-invest-%E2%82%AC125-million/


Cumulus Hits Milestone: 1 Million Switch Ports Worldwide

Cumulus Networks announced a big milestone for its Linux operating system for data center networking: well over 1 million switch ports worldwide.

The company said its customers range in size from webscale to small business across many industries.

Cumulus Networks now supports 16 hardware platforms, two CPU architectures and five hardware vendors.

“Just over a year ago, we brought the transformational impact of Linux out of the data center and introduced it to networking, and enterprises have responded well to its promise of breaking vendor lock-in, increasing performance and significantly reducing hardware costs,” said JR Rivers, co-founder and CEO, Cumulus Networks. “Our continued expansion is a testament to the growing demand in the industry for solutions that empower more choice, ease and flexibility within their data centers. It is now just as easy to choose Cumulus Linux as it is any other solution, and customers are overwhelmingly deciding against vendor lock-in.”

http://cumulusnetworks.com/

Nokia Networks and Harris Partner on First Responder LTE

Nokia Networks and Harris introduced a rapidly deployable LTE solution for providing 4G/LTE coverage to first responders.  The solution can be deployed in one hour or less, enabling network restoration or remote temporary coverage, which is crucial in disaster or rural areas where coverage is not present or has been compromised.  It could also be used for extending network coverage during special public events.

The Nokia Networks/Harris LTE deployable solution is a field transportable eNodeB system that is installed in a rugged enclosure for off-road operations. It offers grid independent fuel cell powering options, field erectable antennas and several backhaul solutions such as Wi-Fi, microwave and/or satellite. The solution can also be equipped with an optional core network and application server to provide local connectivity in case of backhaul failure.  It includes the latest generation of Nokia Networks’ market leading Flexi Multiradio Base Station family, the Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station (BTS). This solution supports higher LTE capacities and a wider variety of BTS site configurations with a minimized amount of equipment and the industry’s lowest power consumption. The LTE deployable solution also includes BeOn, the world's most advanced group communications solution, which is offered by Harris and available as an application for smartphones and similar devices.

“The collaboration on the new LTE deployable solution builds upon Nokia Networks’ market leading LTE technology and Harris’ proven leadership in integrating LTE and land mobile radio systems,” said Bob Fennelly, head of government and public safety for Nokia Networks. “By leveraging our Flexi Multiradio Base Station family and Harris' BeOn®  group communications suite, we are providing first responders a best-in-class commercial solution that ensures delivery of real-time data and video when most needed.”

http://nsn.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/nokia-networks-and-harris-corporation-launch-a-rapidly-deployable-lte-coverage-solution-at

Dell'Oro: Telecom Equipment Sales to Increase $30 Billion by 2018

The trends for the combined service provider telecom equipment market comprising the Access, Carrier IP Telephony, Microwave, Mobile RAN, Optical, SP Routers, SP WiFi, and Wireless Packet Core markets, are set to improve between 2013 and 2018—by approximately $30 billion, according to recently published reports by Dell'Oro Group.

 After recording a CAGR of -1% between 2008 and 2013, Dell’Oro Group forecasts the combined service provider equipment markets to grow at a CAGR of 2% between 2013 and 2018.

“Since the introduction of the iPhone back in 2007 and subsequent proliferation of smart phones generating data as well as voice traffic, service providers have prioritized building out and improving both their wireless and wireline networks,” said Tam Dell’Oro, President and Founder of Dell’Oro Group. “While we believe carriers will continue to enhance their wireless networks, we anticipate carriers will put more emphasis on backhauling traffic which means improving their wireline networks in the next five years,” added Dell’Oro. 

Other 5-year Forecast Report highlights:

  • Wireless and Wireline Telecom Markets to grow at a CAGR of 1% and 3%, respectively between 2013 and 2018. 
  • Microwave, Optical, SP Routers, and Wireless Packet Core to drive the majority of the growth in the forecast period. 

http://www.DellOro.com


Monday, August 18, 2014

CloudSigma Joins Equinix Cloud Exchange

CloudSigma, a public cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider with advanced hybrid hosting solutions, has joined the Equinix Cloud Exchange. Equinix’s Silicon Valley SV5 data center is the initial Cloud Exchange connection point for CloudSigma.

CloudSigma, which operates both in Europe and the U.S., gains access to private networking services, and the ability to easily interconnect with service providers and enterprises stationed on the Cloud Exchange.

“By providing enterprises with direct, private access to our public cloud, we are able to significantly enhance performance and security, while capitalizing on Equinix’s global footprint. We are actively expanding our partnership with Equinix across new geographies and joining the Equinix Cloud Exchange will enable us to extend our reach even further. Now, more enterprises and network service providers will be able to use our services in an even easier and cost-effective way,” stated Robert Jenkins, CEO, CloudSigma.

The Equinix Cloud Exchange is currently available in 17 markets globally – Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Silicon Valley, Washington D.C., New York, Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, London, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt – with plans to expand to 19 markets by the end of 2014.

http://www.equinix.com
https://www.cloudsigma.com

CloudFX Readies a Cloud Services Brokerage

Singapore-based CloudFX Group announced plans to launch an open standards-based Cloud Services Brokerage platform.

At launch, CloudSelect promises over 200 world class, fully automated cloud services which will enables enterprises and service providers to offer "Anything as a Service" -- including underlying IT infrastructure, application development platforms and fully configured business software applications. The company said its CloudSelect platform is differentiated by providing value-added services based on compliance, configuration, performance monitoring, capacity management, security and availability, full stack provisioning and change management.

CloudSelect's advanced, managed cloud services will be offered directly through www.cloudselect.com, in dedicated on-premise Enterprise appliances where CloudFX guarantee full IT as a Service, and finally, white-label Service provider appliances to strategic partners looking to participate and compete in the public cloud service domain.

"We've built CloudSelect from the ground up to meet the needs of both enterprise cloud customers and cloud service providers (CSPs), enabling them to successfully accelerate cloud adoption and transformation, as well as to differentiate and deliver value added services. Featuring integrated services management, our cloud procurement and management solution is already helping many enterprises and Cloud Service Providers around the globe achieve success with their cloud offerings" said CloudFX Group Founder and CEO, Damian Crotty.


Telstra Picks Ciena/Ericsson for Optical Backbone

Telstra has renewed a contract under which Ericsson will continue as its supplier for optical transport equipment and services. The agreement includes the supply of Ericsson optical transport equipment and services as well as Ciena packet-optical platforms. Financial terms were not disclosed.

David Robertson, Director Transport and Routing, Engineering, Telstra says: "We want to have one of the world's best optical networks and this agreement will provide us with the ability to dynamically move and shape transport capacity with the flexibility and scalability to streamline our network operations. This will help us ensure a consistent satisfactory customer experience, despite the demands for high traffic across different parts of the transport network.  The continued improvement of Telstra's optical technology will increase bandwidth capacity and also lower latency which is of growing importance as more and more operations move to the cloud."

http://www.ericsson.com


  • Ericsson signed a strategic agreement with Ciena in February 2014 enabling Ericsson to sell and support Ciena's Converged Packet Optical portfolio, and collaborate on the joint development of the Multilayer WAN Controller.


Sprint's "New Day for Data" Campaign Offers Bigger Buckets

Sprint kicked off its "New Day for Data" campaign offering 20GB of shared Data and unlimited talk & text for $100 a month for up to 10 lines, plus access line charges.

During a limited promotion, Sprint is also offering up to $350 to new customers to buy out their existing contracts.  Sprint is also waiving the data access charge for handsets, tablets and mobile broadband devices on 20GB or higher data allowances for up to 10 lines.

“Sprint is offering the best value to data-hungry consumers. Period,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. “We are doubling the high-speed wireless data because today’s customers rely so much on their smartphones and tablets. We make it simple and easy for wireless consumers to get the data they need at affordable prices to make their lives easier, more productive and enjoyable. We are so certain that this is the best value on wireless today that for any customer who wants to switch to our new Sprint Family Share Pack, we will reimburse them for the cost to end their contract with another carrier.”

http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-releases/its-a-new-day-for-data-for-american-consumers-1.htm

See also