SEATTLE, Wash. – Nov. 29, 2012 – Sprint, a market leader in engineering and deploying innovative wireless communications services, today announced its selection of Airbiquity as a technology provider for its Sprint Velocity global connected vehicle solution. Airbiquity is a global leader in wireless connected vehicle services. The two companies have reached an agreement to use the Airbiquity Choreo service delivery platform within the Sprint Velocity solution for vehicle manufacturers.
“Sprint is leading the way in helping automakers more easily and affordably provide connected services in their autos and passenger trucks, and we are excited to expand our capability through pivotal relationships with market leaders like Airbiquity,” said Wayne Ward, vice president, Emerging Solutions, Sprint. “Airbiquity’s Choreo is a valuable addition to our Sprint Velocity ecosystem, providing a potent technology option for the integration of in-vehicle communication systems.”
Sprint is actively working with industry-leading technology providers to pioneer mobile integration and enablement for auto manufacturers, as well as other connected transportation solutions. Connected transportation technologies play an increasingly important role in reducing environmental impact, supporting the development of smart grid/electric vehicle implementations, and minimizing driver distraction. Sprint and Airbiquity are also exploring additional market segments where they might collaborate, including other transportation and medical markets.
“Wireless operators have significant market reach and scale and are playing a pivotal role in the design of connected vehicle solutions,” said John Canali, senior analyst of the Global Automotive Practice at Strategy Analytics. “Combining the scale of wireless operators with the capabilities of category specialists would be very attractive to a number of automotive companies.”
“Sprint is a true wireless innovator and M2M market leader, and Airbiquity is pleased to contribute its expertise and experience to the groundbreaking Sprint Velocity connected vehicle solution,” said David Jumpa, chief revenue officer, Airbiquity. “Our proven track record, matched with the flexible and resilient nature of our Choreo service delivery platform, will enable us to bring global solutions to market for the many complex M2M service challenges facing more and more industries.”
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served nearly 56 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
Airbiquity is at the forefront of change in the automotive industry, integrating advances in software, communications technology and wireless services with vehicles. Its connected vehicle solutions offer automakers a flexible platform for delivering innovative applications and services that help automobiles adapt to the driver’s digital lifestyle. To learn more about Airbiquity, visit www.airbiquity.com.
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