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Suddenlink Reaches Sprint VoIP Deal

Sprint Nextel will handle Suddenlink Communications’ telephony offerings over its voice-over-Internet-protocol network under terms of a five-year agreement announced Wednesday.

Suddenlink’s approximately 30,000 existing residential voice subscribers and 1,000 small business customers will migrate to Sprint Nextel’s VoIP solution, and some 2.2 million households in Suddenlink franchise areas will be targeted, the companies said.

Sprint Nextel will carry local and long-distance traffic for Suddenlink residential and commercial customers and provide turnkey telephone services such as enhanced 911 services, network-interconnection facilities, new and ported telephone-number management, relay systems, directory assistance, operator services and other local-exchange-carrier services.

“Our customers are demanding the triple-play of television, Internet and phone service, and this agreement puts us one step closer to responding to that demand,” Suddenlink CEO Jerry Kent said in a prepared statement.

Sprint Nextel senior vice president of strategic partners John Garcia added, “Our vision for the cable initiative, whether it’s wireline or wireless, is to deliver compelling, integrated services that provide unique value to customers. This agreement with Suddenlink is illustrative of our company's growing importance in the cable sector.”