While the last stages of the Softbank buyout of Sprint play their way out, the company’s network is continuing on with business as usual. Today that meant a service expansion on the wireline front, unveiling SIP trunking services across much of Western Europe.
Sprint first rolled out SIP trunking some four years ago in the US, and is just now bringing it to the European market. Customers in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom will be able hook up their PBXs with the virtual trunks over a single IP connection.
An existing customer in the US, the Berkshire Hathaway-owned furniter company CORT, is already taking advantage of the service on the other side of the Atlantic as well.
Sprint’s wireline business has been shrinking steadily for years, but it is still quite large and like everyone else has a stable of growing next-gen services. It remains unclear to me just where their revenues and EBITDA will stabilize as the legacy voice and other revenues churn off.
However, the more immediate question is just what Softbank will do with the non-wireless parts of Sprint once it takes control. Revamp and refit it for a wireless-data-focused world? Or tie a bow on it and hold an auction in order to keep the focus on wireless?
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