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Sprint gives Thinking Phone Networks' business customers an MPLS path to the cloud

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Sprint (NYSE: S) is enabling Thinking Phone Networks' business customers to get access to cloud-based unified communications (UC) by bundling Thinking Phone Networks' service with Sprint's global business MPLS services.

This collaboration between the two companies is part of Sprint's new Cloud Application Provider (CAP) Extranet program. CAP provides connectivity between cloud application providers like Thinking Phone Networks and Sprint's global MPLS customers.

Thinking Phone Networks says it combines its large suite of UC services, including IP voice, video and conferencing, with reduced delivery timeframes.

Being a reciprocal relationship, Sprint's existing MPLS customers with border gateway protocol (BGP) or static routing can be connected to an installed CAP Extranet provider. The only thing they need is the initial subscriber letter of authorization and the CAP Extranet provider implementation instructions for connection.

"Our new CAP program enables cloud solution providers to offer their customers direct and secure connectivity to their cloud application through our MPLS network," said Craig Safir, director of cloud and converged markets at Sprint, in a release. "This greatly reduces the time it takes for a cloud solution provider to onboard new customers." 

While the CAP Extranet program is new, Sprint overall has been working in recent years to expand its cloud services portfolio both internally and through third-party partnerships with cloud providers like Thinking Phone Networks and data center operators like CSC.

For more:
- see the release

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