As the SoftBank and Clearwire deals reach their conclusion, Sprint is moving forward with its plans for expansion. The carrier has extended its SIP trunking services to Western Europe to allow businesses in 12 countries to take advantage of VoIP and replace their physical trunks with virtual trunks to connect a PBX over a single IP connection.
Sprint’s SIP trunking will be available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The solution is particularly aimed at enterprises with multiple locations in Europe and allows them to reduce the overall number of trunks, thereby reducing costs, while maintaining local telephone numbers, calling plans, and emergency services. CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway company that provides rental furniture, is an existing customer of Sprint’s SIP trunking in the U.S. and has already begun using the service for its European locations.
The expansion of its SIP trunking solution, which Sprint launched in 2009, helps the carrier grow its portfolio of next-generation services and improves its ability to be competitive in the international wireline services market. SoftBank, which is set to acquire 78% of Sprint, is aiming at making Sprint a true rival to giants AT&T and Verizon. The expansion of VoIP and SIP services, as well as building a 4G LTE network, are crucial steps necessary to bring Sprint on par with the market leaders.