Partnership Between Sprint and Germany's riodata Sees Launch of Sprint's International Partners Programme

Partnership Between Sprint and Germany's riodata Sees Launch of Sprint's International Partners Programme Sprint to provide IP services to riodata's DSL customers Frankfurt, November 15, 2001 - Sprint (NYSE: FON, PCS) announced today the launch of its international partnership programme. The programme is designed to deliver secure and value-added IP services to the customers of system integrators, ISPs (Interner Service Providers), carriers and Value-Added Resellers (VARs). At the same time, Sprint has named riodata, Germany's first data service provider as a partner with the programme. "We are delighted to announce riodata, one of Germany's leading corporate network providers, as a member of our international partners programme. The programme is a great opportunity for our partners to catapult their business to new levels by enabling them to deliver exceptional value to their customers," said Steve Signoff, president, Europe, Sprint. "Access to our global IP products and services means our partners will be able to deliver uncompromising availability, reliability and security to their customers." Under the terms of the agreement, Sprint will provide riodata's business customers with a secure and high-speed environment for advanced, quality communications services - such as global IP VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) and Sprint Security Services - via SprintLinktm, Sprint's seamless, global IP network. It will enable riodata's customers to improve their profitability and generate efficiencies. Alex Stadler, chief executive officer of the riodata group, said, "Our customers' growing demand for international private network services made a link-up with a global communications company like Sprint of primary importance. With Sprint's global IP network and services and its individual approach to customer service, riodata can guarantee its customers the right environment to build efficient and profitable businesses - nationally and globally." - more - About Sprint Sprint is a global communications company serving 23 million business and residential customers in more than 70 countries. With more than 80,000 employees worldwide and $23 billion in annual revenues, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state of the art network technologies, including the United States' first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network. Sprint's award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone is being extended to key global markets to provide customers with a broad portfolio of scalable IP products. Sprint's high-capacity, high-speed network gives customers fast, dependable, non-stop access to the vast majority of the world's Internet content. Sprint also operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States, already serving the majority of the nation's metropolitan areas including more than 4,000 cities and communities. For additional information about the Sprint International Partners Program, please visit the following web site: About riodata riodata is Germany´s first data service provider and the number one address for small and medium-sized businesses for placing their business activities on the Internet and/or their respective intranets. The core competence of riodata is the optimum integration of IT and communication services. riodata provides its customers with a wide range of IT services (data storage, server hosting, Web hosting etc.), telecommunication services (Virtual Private Networks) and the IP-based, broadband communication interfaces required for them. For more information about Riodata, visit Contact: Rebecca Atherley Paul Baltzer Sprint Sprint Tel: +44 (0) 20 8228 1558 +1 913 762 1784 Mob: +44 (0) 777 1911132 +1 816 305 5097 ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker