December 11, 2007
Harrisburg, Pa. Becomes First Top 50 Market to Complete 2 GHz Spectrum Transition
Harrisonburg and Charlottesville, Va. also Finalize Switchover
RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 11, 2007--Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) today announced that the transition of Broadcast Auxiliary Services (BAS) facilities from the 1990-2025 MHz spectrum band has been successfully completed in the Harrisburg, Pa. market. Harrisburg is the first Top 50 market to complete the transition of broadcasters' operations.
"The Harrisburg BAS reconfiguration is complete thanks to the tireless efforts of all involved," said Michael Degitz, vice president of Spectrum for Sprint. "Replacing and retuning decades-old equipment brings challenges, but the success in Harrisburg demonstrates that with strong collaboration progress is being made."
Over the past two years, Sprint and the Harrisburg broadcasters have worked with equipment vendors, integrators and contractors to design, build and install new BAS equipment such as transmitters and receivers, controllers, and antennas that broadcasters use to send and receive news from the field. Once the equipment was in place and operating properly, Sprint coordinated with local stations to identify a suitable date to switch operations to their new spectrum. In addition to Harrisburg, Pa., Harrisonburg and Charlottesville, Va. also completed the BAS transition this week.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has licensed Sprint Nextel to use a portion of the 2 GHz spectrum where BAS licensees are currently operating. In return, Sprint is responsible for paying for new equipment and reimbursing BAS licensees for the costs associated with moving to another part of the spectrum band.
The 2 GHz transition is showing significant progress and momentum. -- To date seven markets have completed the relocation and Sprint expects that Las Vegas will be completed by the end of the year. -- BAS licensees have finalized and received approval of "quote packages" for new equipment for more than 70 percent of primary facilities to be relocated. -- More than 59 percent of the necessary frequency relocation agreements for primary BAS facilities are signed. -- BAS licensees have submitted more than 50 percent of the purchase orders to manufacturers for such facilities.
Additionally, the number of quote packages that broadcasters have submitted to Sprint Nextel since the March 2007 BAS progress report has increased by 100 percent; the number of quote packages that Sprint has approved has jumped by 130 percent; and the number of frequency relocation agreements that the parties have signed has increased by 150 percent.
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SOURCE: Sprint Nextel