Qwest Dumps Sprint, Partners with Verizon



Qwest Communications and Verizon Wireless just announced that they’ve signed a 5-year agreement for Qwest to market and sell Verizon Wireless service beginning this summer.

Qwest customers will have access to the full line of Verizon Wireless handsets and devices, as well as high-speed broadband wireless services for e-mail, Internet access and multimedia services.

Qwest confirmed to Light Reading that it will discontinue its wireless partnership with Sprint in the first quarter of 2009. Qwest also emphasized that the Verizon deal would allow it to sell more wireless plans to business and government customers, not just residential ones. Qwest’s CEO, Ed Mueller, will be addressing this tomorrow in the company’s Q1 Earnings Conference Call.

Perhaps it also indicates another strategy for delivery of video — although AT&T’s IPTV approach would seem closer to Qwest’s VDSL strategy. Sprint doesn’t do video to the home — yet.

Posted by Sam Churchill on .

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