Significant network enhancements are part of a $20 million
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 14, 2007--In BW5158 issued March 14, 2007: Please replace the release with the following corrected version due to multiple revisions.
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SPRINT NEXTEL ’POWERS UP’ WIRELESS COVERAGE, CAPACITY TO ITS NETWORKS IN PITTSBURGH
Significant network enhancements are part of a $20 million area-wide investment
For Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) wireless customers in Pittsburgh who already take advantage of the company’s powerful networks, recent local network enhancements should result in even better wireless service. Sprint added 24 wireless cell sites in 2006 to its Nationwide Sprint PCS Network(SM) and Nextel National Network(SM) in the greater Pittsburgh area.
"Sprint continues to make significant investments to increase coverage and capacity in its wireless networks in Pennsylvania and throughout the country," said Mike Cusick, acting area vice president.
Last year, Sprint invested $20 million in its wireless networks in Pittsburgh.
"Customer satisfaction and network quality are two of Sprint’s top priorities as we further strengthen our powerful networks where our customers live, work, play and travel," said Cusick.
The following is a detailed list of the local areas benefiting from these enhancements:
Nationwide Sprint PCS Network -- Town of Clymer, including major roads RT 403 and RT 286 -- Points south of Marion Center and RT 403 towards Dixonville -- The town of Harrisville, RT 8 and RT 58 -- The communities of Scenery Hill, Cokeburg, Ellsworth and Beallsville. Highway coverage on RT 40 West and East of Scenery Hill -- Highway coverage on RT 19 and I-79 South of Waynesburg -- The community of Fairchance and points South of RT 40 between Uniontown and Farmington -- The community of Homer City. Highway coverage on RT 119 between Indiana and Blairsville (RT 22) -- Highway coverage along RT 780 and RT 380 North of Camp Jo-Ann. Also provides coverage to the Westmoreland Business Park, just off of RT 780 -- Route 168/68 in Midland and Shippingport -- Route 7 and 2 along Ohio River. Also covers New Cumberland,Toronto and Northern most parts of Weirton, WV -- Provides coverage for Route 422 and Route 553 in the Penn Run area -- Tomlinson Run State Park, Route 8 -- Route 22 from WV border to Rt. 18 -- State Route 119 and 236 as well as enhanced coverage in Marchand -- Route 119 and 43 to State Line -- RT 30 between Greensburg and Latrobe, including residential neighborhoods located to the north and south -- Crooked Creek State Park, Route 66 and Ford City -- In Car coverage for Routes 8,173, and 528 in the Elora area -- Route 356 North of Saxonburg -- In car coverage for Route 18, and in building coverage for DT Burgettstown -- This site provides coverage along RT 151, West of RT 60 and also to the community of Bocktown and its surrounding areas Nextel National Network -- Venetia Road, and western Finleyville -- Rt. 8 between Franklin & I-80 -- Seneca - Rt. 322 south/southeast of Oil City/Franklin -- Rt. 62 between Franklin & Sandy Lake -- East Liverpool, OH & Rt. 7 -- Bradford Woods area & Rt. 19 between Rt. 910 & Warrendale -- Rt. 88 near Bethelehem, WV -- Masontown, PA and Rt. 21 -- Shippingport, PA and Rt. 168 & Rt. 68 along the Ohio River -- Rt. 188 & Rt. 21 between Masontown & Waynesburg
In 2006, Sprint added more than 3,400 cell sites across the country to strengthen performance in both its wireless networks. This year, the company expects to add more than last year.
Increased Network Investment in 2007
Sprint spent more than $7 billion in capital expenditures in 2006, most of which was invested to enhance its wireless and wireline networks nationwide. Across the country, thousands of markets - large and small - received the benefit of this major investment. This year, Sprint will invest more than $7 billion to further enhance its powerful networks and expand mobile broadband coverage.
Power Network Coverage Tool and Sprint Plan Advisor
To help current and prospective customers view coverage information, Sprint provides the Power Network Coverage Tool, which provides detailed coverage maps down to the street address level. By entering an address or ZIP code, customers can check the availability of wireless coverage, recently added cell sites and the network signal strength on the Nationwide Sprint PCS Network, Nextel National Network or Sprint Mobile Broadband Network. The tool is available at www.sprint.com/coverage and at self-service touch-screen kiosks at many Sprint and Nextel retail stores. Once coverage is determined, customers can either change or purchase a new service plan using the new Sprint Plan Advisor. This tool, which helps customers make educated decisions about which wireless plan is right for them based on the criteria they provide, is available at www.sprint.com/planadvisor.
The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network and EV-DO Rev. A
Sprint offers the largest wireless broadband network of any carrier through the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, which reaches more than 209 million people across the country and covers more 10,000 cities and 1,000 airports. In many major cities, Sprint has upgraded the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network with higher-speed EV-DO (Evolution - Data Optimized) Revision A technology. Sprint’s industry-leading EV-DO Rev. A coverage now reaches more than 109 million people and covers 4,600 cities and 378 airports. With EV-DO Rev. A, users should experience significantly faster average data upload speeds of 350 to 500 kbps (compared with 50-70 kbps on current EV-DO networks). Average download speeds should increase to 600 kbps to 1.4 mbps (from 400-700 kbps). By year end, the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network is expected to be completely upgraded to the faster EV-DO Rev. A.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services, bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving 53.1 million customers at the end of 2006; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
CONTACT: Sprint Nextel Media Contact: Jack Pflanz, 315-374-0693 Jack.Pflanz@NextelPartners.com SOURCE: Sprint Nextel