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Sentinelone Inc

Business Description


We are a global communications company offering a comprehensive suite of wireless and wireline communications products and services that are designed to meet the needs of our targeted customer groups: individuals, and business and government customers. Although our operations are divided into three lines of business, wireless, long distance and local, we have organized our sales and distribution efforts to focus on the needs of two distinct customer types – individuals, and businesses and government agencies, which has enabled us to create customer-focused communications solutions that can incorporate any of our wireless and wireline services. We are one of the three largest wireless companies in the United States based on the number of wireless subscribers. We own extensive wireless networks and a global long distance, Tier 1 Internet backbone. We also provide regulated local exchange telephone services to approximately 7.4 million access lines in our local service territories in 18 states.

We, together with third-party affiliates, each referred to as a PCS Affiliate, and Nextel Partners, Inc., offer digital wireless service in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The PCS Affiliates, through commercial arrangements with us, provide wireless personal communications services, or PCS, under the Sprint® brand name in certain mid-sized and tertiary United States markets on wireless networks built and operated at their expense, in most instances using spectrum licensed to, and controlled by, us. Nextel Partners provides digital wireless communications services under the Nextel® brand name in certain mid-sized and tertiary United States markets on wireless networks built and operated at its expense. We, together with the PCS Affiliates, Nextel Partners and resellers of our wireless service, served more than 49.6 million wireless subscribers at the end of 2005.

We offer a wide array of wireless mobile telephone and wireless data transmission services on networks that utilize code division multiple access, or CDMA, and integrated Digital Enhanced Network, or iDEN®, technologies. We market wireless services provided on our CDMA network under the Sprint brand. We are deploying high-speed evolution data optimized, or EV-DO, technology, which increases by up to 10 times average mobile-device data speeds, across our CDMA network. The services supported by this technology, marketed as PowerVisionSM, give consumer and business subscribers with EV-DO-enabled devices access to numerous sophisticated data messaging, imaging, entertainment and location-based applications. We first introduced EV-DO commercially in the second quarter 2005, and we will continue to expand our EV-DO footprint to provide coverage to more people and markets in 2006.

We market wireless services provided on our iDEN network under two brand names: Nextel, for post-paid wireless services, and Boost Mobile™, for prepaid wireless services. Both brands feature our industry-leading walkie-talkie services, which give subscribers the ability to communicate instantly across the continental United States and to and from Hawaii, and, through agreements with other iDEN-based providers, to and from selected markets in Canada, Latin America and Mexico, as well as a variety of digital wireless mobile telephone and wireless data transmission services.

We are one of the nation’s largest providers of long distance services and one of the largest carriers of Internet traffic. We operate an all-digital long distance and Tier 1, Internet Protocol, or IP, network, over which we provide a broad suite of wireline communications services targeted to domestic business and residential customers, multinational corporations and other communications companies. These services include domestic and international voice, data communications using various protocols such as multi-protocol label switching, or MPLS, technologies, IP, asynchronous transfer mode, or ATM, and frame relay, and managed network services. We also provide switching and back office services to cable companies, which enable them to provide local and long distance telephone service over their cable facilities.

We also provide regulated local exchange telephone services to approximately 7.4 million access lines in our local service territories in 18 states. We provide local and long distance voice and data services, including digital subscriber line, or DSL, services, and other telecommunications-related services to customers in these service areas. We also operate a wholesale product distribution business. As discussed below, we plan to spin-off these operations to our shareholders in 2006.

Competition

The global markets division competes with AT&T, the Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs): Verizon, BellSouth, SBC Communications and Qwest, Level 3 and cable operators and other telecommunications providers in all segments of the long distance communications market. AT&T continues to have the largest market share of the domestic long distance communications market. Some competitors are targeting the high-end data market and are offering deeply discounted rates in exchange for high-volume traffic as they attempt to fill their networks with traffic volume. The RBOCs have received authority to provide in-region long distance service in 48 states and the District of Columbia, which has heightened competition.

As the RBOCs have entered the long distance service market, they have proven to be formidable long distance competitors. In addition, long distance services provided by wireless service providers and Internet-based services are expected to continue to adversely affect the global markets division. Competition in long distance is based on price and pricing plans, the types of services offered, customer service, and communications quality, reliability and availability.

Sprint’s ability to compete successfully will depend on its ability to anticipate and respond to various competitive factors affecting the industry, including new services that may be introduced, changes in consumer preferences, demographic trends, economic conditions, and pricing strategies. Many carriers are competing in the residential and small business markets by offering bundled packages of both local and long distance services.

The local division’s franchise territories are principally in suburban and rural markets. Competition in these markets is occurring more gradually than for the RBOCs. In urban areas there is already substantial competition and there is increasing competition in less urban areas. Cable companies selling cable modems continue to provide competition for high-speed data services for residential customers. In addition, the use of e-mail and wireless services have eroded the local division’s access and long distance revenues. Cable companies are beginning to provide telecommunication services to the home. Certain mergers or other combinations involving competitors may increase competition. Competition in these services is based on price and pricing plans, the types of services offered, customer service, and communications quality, reliability and availability.

The market for wireless services is highly competitive. Sprint’s wireless PCS operations compete against a number of carriers including five national wireless companies: Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless, AT&T Wireless Services, Nextel Communications and T-Mobile. Each of the markets in which the PCS Group competes is served by other wireless service providers. A majority of the markets, including each of the top 50 metropolitan markets, have six or more wireless service providers including the PCS Group. Many of the PCS Group’s competitors have been operating for a number of years and serve a substantial subscriber base. Competition may continue to increase to the extent that licenses are transferred from smaller stand-alone operators to larger, better capitalized, and more experienced wireless communications operators, or as new firms enter the market as additional radio spectrum is made available for commercial wireless services.

Consolidation of the industry is occurring with the pending merger of Cingular Wireless and AT&T Wireless Services. The impact of this proposed merger is uncertain, but if completed, the new entity will emerge as the largest competitor. In January 2003, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule imposing limits on the amount of spectrum that can be held by one provider in a specific market was lifted. Although the spectrum cap was lifted, the FCC still reviews the competitive impact of any license transfer, assignment or combination on a case by case basis.




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