08 February 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Sprint is to reinvest its market efforts with a portfolio of solutions for the federal and public market.
The new solution will include
wireless, wireline, security and IoT offerings over
Sprint’s secure network, leveraging
Sprint’s 30 years of experience in the sector.
Commenting on the announcement, Michael Mullen, former
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a Sprint board
member, said: "It's exciting to see Sprint be more aggressive
in this space. The company is a great American brand with
decades of experience serving the government and will bring
added value and innovation to many government organizations and
agencies. I'm proud to support efforts that bring a diversified
portfolio back to Sprint Business."
Leading the new initiative is Chris Felix who has recently
been named as Sprint vice president of Government
"Sprint is a very motivated and creative force in the
telecommunications industry, with an outstanding focus on
delivering the best possible experiences for its customers and
employees," said Felix. "My complete focus will be on building
a world-class organization that will serve the federal and
public sector customer by providing the most creative and
advanced, mission critical, converged telecomm solutions
Chris assumes the role with over 27 years’
experience in the telecommunications industry, including
serving the federal government and leading federal government
sales and operations for a competitor.
"We are very excited to serve the federal and public sector
space with a proven leader like Chris," added Jan
Geldmacher, president of Sprint Business. "He has the
experience and expertise to fully leverage all the resources
and assets Sprint has in place to bring truly innovative,
integrated solutions that will help the federal government
serve our country. From our network to our customizable
solutions to our long list of technology collaborators,
including our parent company SoftBank, we are eminently
prepared to connect America."
Included in the wireless, wireline and IoT solutions hat
Sprint will offer to the federal and public sector are:
Mobility, by bringing increased flexibility
and agility to federal employees through their smartphones and
Smart buildings, through the use of Sprint
IoT solutions, including current sensor technology, users
will be able to not only reduce heating and air conditioning
costs in federal buildings, but they help reap significant
environmental benefits because of reduced power consumption.
These sensors can measure electricity, motion, pressure and
temperature; plus users can apply artificial intelligence to
adapt to the data.
Next there’s Fleet and asset
tracking, using it Sprint can help the federal
government fleets of non-military vehicles using sensor
technology. Sensors in vehicles can detect the vehicle's
location, speed, direction of travel, fuel usage, idling times,
and how the vehicle is being driven.
Mobile forms, helping the federal
government migrate to electronic forms completed via mobile
And lastly through the Cloud, the Sprint
network will enhance security of cloud-based computing and
The new portfolio of federal and public services will be
enhanced by Sprint’s relationship with the
SoftBank Group. OneWeb, the satellite-based service provider
and for which Softbank is an investor, uses low-orbit
satellites to provide wide coverage to all the technologies
that leverage sensors, big data and communications.
In addition, ARM Holdings, which is owned by SoftBank, has
the intellectual property for a chip design that continues to
get smaller and more secure, and it can be part of any
connected device, particularly sensors, of which there will be
more than a trillion operating worldwide within a decade,
according to Geldmacher.
"Everything that can
be connected will be connected,"
Geldmacher said. "That gives the federal government and public
sector agencies more opportunities than ever before to provide
a higher level of accessibility, service and information to our
citizens, and Sprint is primed to facilitate that."