February 19, 2008
Chicagoland Customers Can Do More with Wireless: Sprint Enhances Wireless Coverage and Network Capacity
Significant Network Enhancements Are Part of a $56.5 Million Area-Wide Investment in 2007
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 19, 2008--Sprint (NYSE:S) wireless customers in the Chicagoland area who already take advantage of the company's networks should experience even better wireless services as a result of Sprint local network enhancements that occurred throughout 2007. Sprint added 106 wireless cell sites and created 177 in-building network solutions during 2007 to the Nationwide Sprint Network and Nextel National Network in the greater Chicago area.
"With a clear focus on serving its customers, Sprint is making significant investments to increase coverage and capacity in its wireless networks in Chicago and throughout the country," said J.W. Penland, Sprint area vice president for Illinois and Wisconsin. "In 2008, customer satisfaction and network quality are top priorities, as customers rely on Sprint to stay connected."
The following list outlines some local areas benefiting from these enhancements:
New Nationwide Sprint Network cell sites:
- Sixty-six Sprint sites launched in 2007
- Antioch, Ill., at Routes 173 and 83 (Main Street)
- Bartlett, Ill., US-20 and IL-59
- Chicago O'Hare Airport: Underground CTA pedestrian tunnel, Terminal Five
- Chicago: a number of locations, including:
- Navy Pier
- h Austin Boulevard and Lake Street
- Halsted and West 127th streets
- United Center
- West Washington Boulevard and Damen Avenue
- Glen Ellyn, Ill., downtown Glen Ellyn and vicinity
- Portage, Ind.: Route 249 and Dunes Highway
- South Elgin, Ill., Randall and Hopps roads
- Veteran's Memorial Highway (I-355 expansion): Three additional sites
- Woodstock, Ill., Route 120 (McHenry Avenue) and Raffel Road
New Nextel National Network cell sites:
- Forty Nextel sites launched in 2007
- Bolingbrook, Ill., near Boughton and Weber Roads
- Chicago: numerous locations, including:
- East Congress Parkway and South Wabash Avenue
- Grant Park: Five new sites serving the area
- South Halsted and West 125th streets
- South Pulaski Road and West 115th Street
- South State Street and South Wabash Avenue
- West Jackson Boulevard and South Jefferson Street
- Highland Park, Ill., Park Avenue West and Skokie Highway (US 41)
- Highwood, Ill., Sheridan Road and First Street
- Oak Brook, Ill., Route 34 (31st Street) and Route 83 (Kingery Highway)
Nationally during 2007, Sprint added more than 4,000 cell sites to the Nationwide Sprint Network and Nextel National Network. Both networks are currently performing at their best-ever levels, which means fewer blocked or dropped calls, translating to better connections for customers.
During the 2006 and 2007 time period, Sprint expects to have invested more than $13 billion to improve its networks.
Sprint Coverage Tool and Sprint Plan Advisor
Sprint customers can access detailed coverage maps down to the street address level by using the Sprint Coverage Tool, which is available online (www.sprint.com/coverage) and at self-service touch-screen kiosks at many Sprint and Nextel retail stores across the country. The tool equips customers with knowledge about network coverage in the areas where they live, work and play. By entering an address or ZIP code, customers can check the availability of wireless coverage and recently added cell sites on the Nextel National Network, Nationwide Sprint Network or Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.
Sprint also offers the Sprint Plan Advisor, a tool that helps customers make educated decisions about which wireless plan is right for them based on the criteria they provide; the tool is available at www.sprint.com/planadvisor.
Sprint Mobile Broadband Network
Sprint Mobile Broadband is a nationwide service that allows customers to quickly download large files as well as access high-speed data applications using handheld devices and connection cards. With select Power Vision phones customers can wirelessly download music, listen to commercial free radio, and watch live TV and full-length movies at broadband speeds.
The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network is the nation's largest mobile broadband network.* And, the vast majority of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network has been upgraded to faster EV-DO Rev. A technology.
EV-DO Rev. A technology provides users with expected average upload speeds of 350-500 kbps and download speeds of between 600 kbps and 1.4 mbps; peak download data rates increase to 3.1 Mbps and peak upload data rates increase to 1.8 Mbps.
These faster speeds compare to basic DSL offerings and will enable customers to use robust applications and services as they become available, such as a new push-to-talk feature, wireless voice-over-IP (VoIP), high-speed video telephony, music on demand, and video messaging.
To compare these EV-DO Rev. A speeds against the speed of their current connection, Internet users can visit www.sprint.com/speedtest.
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 approximately 54 million customers at the end of 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
* Largest claim based on total network size (sq. miles). Coverage not available everywhere. See sprint.com/coverage for details.
CONTACT: Sprint Candace Johnson, 317-571-2155
SOURCE: Sprint Nextel