March 31, 2008
Sprint adds 158 new sites to its Michigan Network in ‘07
Sprint Customers Enjoy Enhanced Wireless Coverage in Michigan, and Can Get More Done in More Places than Ever
DETROIT – March 21, 2008 – Sprint (NYSE: S) customers throughout Michigan can do more with wireless and enjoy the benefits of speed in more places than ever thanks to the 2007 addition of 158 new cell sites to its Nationwide Sprint Network and Nextel National Network in Michigan. Additionally, Sprint added distributed antenna systems (DAS)* in Lansing, Mich., Michigan State University and the MGM Grand Casino to improve and enhance wireless coverage.
“Sprint is constantly working to enhance and expand its networks throughout the state of Michigan and all across the country,” said Kim Green-Kerr, area vice president for Sprint. “Sprint offers customers the largest voice calling area, the nation's largest mobile broadband network, the world's fastest national push-to-talk network and the largest push-to-talk community, giving our customers the ability and tools they need to stay in touch with their family, friends and business associates on the go.”
Nationally during 2007, Sprint added more than 4,000 cell sites to the Nationwide Sprint Network and Nextel National Network. Internal performance metrics show double-digit percent improvement year-over-year for dropped and blocked calls on both the Nationwide Sprint Network and Nextel National Network. For the Nextel National Network, customer issues related to dropped and blocked calls, and voice quality, have decreased more than 60 percent from December 2006 to December 2007.
“Sprint continues to make great strides in network performance, and nationally, Sprint's wireless networks are performing at best-ever levels,” Green-Kerr said. “We continue to invest in Michigan and work aggressively to ensure Sprint customers have the enhanced networks they want and need.”
Sprint is committed to maintaining and enhancing its networks, which offer the largest voice calling area and the “gold standard” push-to-talk service, Nextel Direct Connect®. Sprint offers the nation's largest mobile broadband network. Additionally, the vast majority of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network has been upgraded to faster EV-DO Rev. A technology. It is these capabilities and many more that provide Sprint customers the ability to do more on the go.
Nextel Direct Connect push-to-talk is used by millions of customers. It is the largest push-to-talk community in the world, and includes customers with Boost, Nextel and PowerSource phones. In 2006 and 2007, Nextel Direct Connect subscribers completed more than 200 billion walkie-talkie connections on the Nextel National Network.
Current and prospective customers can view coverage maps using the Sprint Coverage Tool, which is available at www.sprint.com/coverage and at self-service touch-screen kiosks at many Sprint Nextel retail stores. The tool equips customers with knowledge about network coverage in the areas where they live, work and play, and helps them make informed decisions regarding services from Sprint. 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.
*A distributed antenna system (DAS) uses multiple small antennas interconnected with coaxial cables or optical fibers belonging to a single access point/base station dispersed over a coverage area. DAS can also use repeaters and bi-directional amplifiers to allow in-building wireless users the same wireless experience they would have outside the building.
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.
Across the country, thousands of cities benefited from this major investment. In Michigan, customers in the following cities should have a better wireless experience:
|Battle Creek||Detroit||Mackinac Island||Rogers City|
|Bellevue||East Lansing||Manchester||Royal Oak|
|Berkley||Flint||Manitou Beach||St. Clair Shores|
|Bronson||Grand Rapids||Maybee||South Haven|
|Carsonville||Homer||Mount Morris||Sterling Heights|
|Centreville||Hudson||New Buffalo||Swartz Creek|
|Charlotte||Imlay City||North Branch||Three Rivers|
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