August 15, 2008

Sprint Turns up the Volume on Its Network for Visitors During the

Democratic National Convention, to Be Held Aug. 25-28 in Denver

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 15, 2008--Anticipating an increased demand for wireless service during the Democratic National Convention (DNC), to be held Aug. 25-28 in Denver, Sprint (NYSE:S) enhanced its network in the following areas:

    --  Pepsi Center

    --  Colorado Convention Center

    --  INVESCO Field at Mile High

    --  Denver International Airport

    --  Downtown Denver business/hotel district

The enhancements include installation of iDEN and CDMA cell equipment throughout the most highly traversed areas. Additional bi-directional amplifiers were installed at more than 25 hotels in downtown Denver and at the Denver International Airport. For Sen. Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at INVESCO Field, the company will station a cell on wheels (COW) to accommodate additional call volume, text messaging and mobile broadband services.

"The Democratic National Convention is an exciting national event and Sprint wants to do its part to make sure that everyone who comes to Denver during this time stays connected," said Fazal Bacchus - VP Network Services, Sprint. "The enhancements and additional equipment that we have installed will ensure our customers experience the best wireless service possible while at the Convention."

Sprint network engineers have thoroughly tested and optimized its wireless networks and distributed antenna system (DAS) in preparation for the event. During the DNC, Sprint’s Network Operations Center (NOC) will monitor the site around the clock to ensure optimal network performance for its customers. Additionally, a local engineering team will perform daily onsite testing to make sure wireless coverage in the Denver area meets and exceeds customer expectations.

In addition, Sprint has partnered with other telecommunications companies to outfit the Multi-Agency Communications Center (MACC), a 24-hour communications hub and the brainchild of the United States Secret Service. In addition to the major telecom carriers, the MACC is manned by members of law enforcement, public safety and public utilities as a centralized way to circulate vital security information in a timely manner.


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 wireless networks serving nearly 52 million customers at the end of the second quarter 2008; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit

    CONTACT: Sprint
             Kathleen Dunleavy, 310-709-3689
             Dave Mellin, 303-498-0078

    SOURCE: Sprint