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Sprint opens private IP network

Sprint unveiled several networking services today that promise to combine the security and performance of a private network with the open protocols of the Internet.

Sprint unveiled several networking services today that promise to combine the security and performance of a private network with the open protocols of the Internet.

The services piggyback on a private IP-based network that Sprint has built to help companies take advantage of the ubiquity of IP-based networks while still reserving a high level of control over its networks.

Among the Sprint services now generally available:

--Sprint Intranet Dial Service, which lets companies establish a gateway between corporate LANs and Sprint's private IP backbone. Remote and mobile customers can use a toll-free number to dial in to an IP server maintained by Sprint and access their corporate intranets.

--Sprint High Speed Dedicated Services, which provides companies with a dedicated link--at speeds from T1 to 45 mbps--to the Internet.

--Sprint IP Security Services, which provide consulting services for firewall installation and router management. The service will also come with security alerts, investigation support, and production assistance.

The company has not announced pricing for the services.