Entrisphere Confirms Sprint Win
When quizzed by Light Reading, Entrisphere Inc. fessed up that it, too, along with its partner Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU), has been approved to sell its gear to the various networks inside Sprint's local telecom division (soon to be named Embarq), a smattering of scattered telephone networks that cover about 7.5 million access lines in an 18-state footprint.
"We can confirm that we're one of two vendors approved for broadband digital loop carrier build inside of Sprint," Don McCullough, Entrisphere's VP of marketing told Light Reading. "We have done FOAs [first office applications] there with fiber and copper and some video."
McCullough quickly added: "We're not putting out a press release or anything like that."
Previously, the only known vendor to Sprint for its next-generation access buildout was Calix Inc. (NYSE: CALX), which announced its approval with Nortel Networks Ltd. in October. (See Nortel, Calix Get Access at Sprint.) Even back then, Sprint indicated that it would be choosing a secondary supplier, as it has with DWDM, Sonet transport, and its other recent network upgrades.
Also, as with Sprint's Nortel/Calix arrangement, Entrisphere and Lucent have won a certification, not a definite purchase of any gear. The companies still have to approach each of Sprint's local telecom networks and affiliates to make their sales pitch. So it's impossible to say at this point what the vendor's revenue take from the certification will be.
Sprint and Lucent haven't responded to inquiries seeking comment on Entrisphere's approval.
— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading