Sprint 4G Enterprise WAN provides secure 4G and 3G wireless access as primary and secondary network connectivity.
Network operator Sprint announced it is offering businesses Sprint
4G Enterprise WAN, a fixed wireless access solution that provides
wireless connectivity to the Sprint Global MPLS network. The company
said the 4G service can help enable businesses to replace or improve on
traditional "wired" options with a fast and flexible solution that can
be deployed without compromising bandwidth and network reliability,
available within all Sprint 4G markets.
Using business-class outdoor modems, Sprint 4G Enterprise WAN
provides secure 4G and 3G wireless access as primary and secondary
network connectivity, backed by a 99.95 percent availability service
level agreement (SLA). With faster time-to-deployment, 15 business days
in contrast to what can be a lengthy process of ordering traditional
wireline circuits, Sprint 4G Enterprise WAN is an alternative to the
traditional T-1, or a new way to bring data connectivity to remote
locations where the installation of traditional dedicated circuits is
"Sprint understands the critical challenges facing businesses today,
which demand innovative solutions to address higher bandwidth needs,
business continuity, and cost reduction in a recovering economy," said
Tom Roberts, vice president of business marketing, Sprint. "With 4G
Enterprise WAN, Sprint delivers customers increased flexibility for
their branch locations or retail operations through high-speed wireless
connectivity and more built-in reliability than typical wireline -
creating a real competitive advantage for their business."
Explorer Pipeline, the operator of a 1,900-mile fuel pipeline from
the Gulf Coast to the Midwest, is an early user of Sprint 4G Enterprise
WAN at its storage facility in Houston. Senior network engineer Greg
Wagnon said the ease of the installation was "incredible" and that the
4G solution has immediately improved the productivity of technicians at
"They get the data they need from the Internet and the corporate
office to go out and do their work. They spend less time waiting for
the information they want and more time doing work on the pipeline. I
see a direct increase in productivity," Wagnon said. "The network
speeds are faster, and I didn't have to go to the phone company to dig
a trench for a T-1. I don't have to deal with tariffs and local loops.
It's so much easier to just hang an antenna."
Wagnon estimates the cost savings for this single site at $4,500 per
year over a T-1, and anticipates deploying another site immediately,
eventually rolling to as many as two dozen locations. With unlimited 4G
usage, average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps (peak speeds of over 10
Mbps) and peak upload speeds of 2.5 Mbps, Sprint 4G Enterprise WAN is
being aimed at many business situations that require a robust data
connection, including branch office locations and retail operations,
business-class bandwidth in many places where it simply wasn't
Sprint 4G is currently available in 71 markets across the country,
including Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles
and New York City. Sprint first launched 4G in Baltimore in September
2008 and in conjunction with Clearwire is continuing to build its 4G
service for consumers and business users across the country.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.