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Milestone Events Making Sprint History: 1990 - 1995


Sprint forms an international subsidiary to globally market SprintNet®, one of the world's largest public data networks, along with other international services
United Telecom deploys the first nationwide public Frame Relay service.
United Telecom adopts the nationally recognized identity of its long distance unit, changing its name to Sprint Corporation.
Following its merger with Centel Corporation, Sprint becomes the only major U.S. telecommunications company providing long distance, local and wireless services
Sprint long distance leads in two major high-speed components of the "information superhighway." The company is the first U.S. carrier to offer Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) service and the first to announce plans for a nationwide Synchronous Optical Network (SONET)
Sprint provides service to more than 6.1 million local customer lines in 19 states, with more than 96% of these lines served by digital switching
Sprint announces plans to join in a global partnership with two of the world's largest telecommunications companies, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom
Sprint announces plans for a powerful new venture with three of the nation's major cable television companies, Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI), Comcast Corp. and Cox Cable. The four companies outline plans to build a nationwide network to provide wireless personal communications service (PCS), and also affirm their support for a single integrated offering of wireless, local telephone and long distance services in a package with cable television service
Along with its strong position in the U.S., Sprint's North American presence includes relationships with Canadian and Mexican telecommunications providers, as the company begins promoting a full range of cross-border services for the corporate, consumer and carrier markets
Sprint's local division surpasses 6.5 million local customer lines
Sprint and its partners win the rights to PCS wireless licenses in 29 U.S. major trading areas, more than any other company or consortium bidding in the FCC's first auction of next generation wireless licenses
Sprint announces the completion of the first coast-to-coast telecommunications route that ensures voice, data, image and video service without interruption, even in the event of a cable cut or electronics failure