A concerted drive to grow our global MPLS, Ethernet, and SIP Trunking coverage for both business and wholesale customers has been recognized by Gartner in its latest "Magic Quadrant" assessments of the service provider landscape.
For anyone not familiar with the Magic Quadrant, it's a Gartner specialty to analyze a technology and develop rankings that position, for example, the vendors of that technology into one of four boxes in a square, based on parameters that vary with the particular analysis. The technique has now been enshrinedofficially as the Magic Quadrant. The rankings are watched closely by some of us in what is probably as close as we get in the technology world to the excitement of an American Idol or DWTS.
So you can imagine the buzz around here at Sprint HQ when we saw that Sprint has moved on up in the rankings in the latest Magic Quadrant for Global Network Service Providers. Where we were previously ranked as a "niche player," we are now solidly in the "challenger" box. You can check out our news announcement.
Gartner's annual assessment covered suppliers that can deliver fixed enterprise networking services worldwide, including WAN services (predominantly managed), including MPLS and IPsec VPNs, and Ethernet services; voice services, including switched and dedicated voice and SIP trunks; and dedicated Internet services, including managed VPN.
It did take some effort on our part to earn Gartner's recognition. As Mike Fitz, VP of Wireline and Solutions Engineering, explained it, the secret was a "sharp focus and investm
ent on domestic and global MPLS footprint expansion and growing product portfolio."
Quoting briefly from the report, Gartner had this to say:
Sprint continues to grow its global MPLS network, which now has sufficient on-net reach for many multinational enterprises, while Ethernet coverage has also been expanded through partners. Sprint differentiates itself in international MPLS pricing by not charging port premiums for class-of-service tiers and offering simplified contracts that are not heavily customized. On the service front, Sprint has expanded its global SIP trunk footprint and has leveraged its wireless assets for additional U.S. access options. U.S. multinational enterprises and enterprises with connectivity requirements that align with Sprint's growing backbone should consider the vendor for international networks.
Gartner also pointed to Sprint strengths such as simplified pricing, service packages that make data services easily available, competitive pricing, lack of a premium for multicast and class of service tiers for international locations, and the respect our Compass management portal earns among customers.