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Sprint 'Unifies' Partner Program, Tackles Channel Conflict

Sprint's channel is getting increased buy-in from corporate.

James Anderson

October 5, 2018

3 Min Read

INTELISYS CHANNEL CONNECT — Sprint is unifying its partner program.

The company this week announced that it realigned its three indirect channels – for mobility and IoT; wireline and cloud; and wholesale – under the Sprint Business Partner Program.


Sprint’s Scott Valentine

Sales director Scott Valentine said two months ago that the Sprint Partner Program would wrap around the three business units, and the rebranding went live on Wednesday. Sprint also launched its IoT in a Box program for partners; it too falls under the purview of the Sprint Business Partner Program.

“It’s a good thing from Sprint’s perspective because we can approach the channel in a unified way, even though our support structure is spread across all three,” Valentine told Channel Partners.

And there are other significant changes within the different units.

Sprint recently formed a “Sell With” program designed to prevent conflict between direct and indirect wireline and cloud efforts. Partners can register to team up with Sprint’s direct sales team to work together with a customer. Sprint will give partners a 100 percent commission in those scenarios.

The mobility and IoT division has shifted to a master-agent model. Valentine said this strategy leverages existing relationships with companies like Telarus and Intelisys. Intelisys upgraded Sprint to a “strategic supplier” in the most recent quarter.

Here’s our most recent list of important channel-program changes you should know.

“This move is going to benefit the Sprint channel partners, because it’s going to simplify the way that the subagent on-boarding process works, not only for the wireline products but for IoT and mobility,” said Valentine, who spoke to us at the Intelisys Channel Connect conference in Monterey, California.

The telecommunications carrier has diversified its portfolio in multiple categories this year. It announced partnerships in February with Zscaler and Samsung Knox to bolster its respective security and mobility management services. April heralded Sprint’s new unified communications platform in partnership with BroadSoft. And lastly, the IoT updates keep coming from headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas. Sprint launched its Curiosity IoT Platform three weeks ago.

A Frost & Sullivan analyst told Channel Partners that Sprint is building out its service portfolio, deepening existing customer relationships and working to acquire new customers.

Valentine said Sprint is “gaining mindshare” in new areas of technology, as IT and telecom continue to converge.

“I think that most agents still don’t know that we offer this awesome wireline and cloud portfolio that not only includes wide area networking but also includes UCaaS and contact center,” he said.

Valentine credited wireline VP Dave Falter for advocating for the channel as an important part of the company’s wireline corporate strategy.


For now, Valentine said having an overall partner program that is explicitly labeled a “partner program” creates consistency for its members.

“While that may seem like a minor change, it’s a big change in the attitude going forward with messaging in the channel.”

Sprint, which will be on hand Oct. 9-12 at Channel Partners Evolution in Philadelphia, previewed some of the channel-program changes in detail in August.

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About the Author(s)

James Anderson

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

James Anderson is a news editor for Channel Futures. He interned with Informa while working toward his degree in journalism from Arizona State University, then joined the company after graduating. He writes about SD-WAN, telecom and cablecos, technology services distributors and carriers. He has served as a moderator for multiple panels at Channel Partners events.

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