RESTON, Va. — Sprint Nextel will provide telecommunications services for customers of Suddenlink Communications, a cable TV system operator.

Suddenlink has more than 80,000 customers in North Carolina, primarily around Rocky Mount and Greenville. The company is the eighth largest cable TV provider in the country with 1.4 million customers.

Some 30,000 Suddenlink customers already use cable TV-based telecommunications as well as 1,000 businesses.

Sprint has contracts with cable TV firms that reach more than 30 million homes.