January 13, 2009
Sprint Is Prepared to Provide Critical Communications During the Historic 2009 Presidential Inauguration
Preparations Include Boosting Network Capacity and Providing Devices and Priority Services to Public Safety Agencies
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Sprint has been preparing for this historic event since
Other preparations include:
- Enhancing Sprint networks at key locations in and around the cities of
Philadelphia, Wilmington, Del., and Baltimore, in addition to working with law enforcement to maximize coverage for the estimated one million individuals expected at stops along President-Elect Barack Obama's whistle-stop train tour;
- Increasing in-building coverage around the National Mall, on Capitol
Hill, and at other high-traffic locations like the
Museum of Natural Historyand official Inaugural Ball locations;
- Optimizing network capacity near
Washington, D.C. area train stations, airports, highways, and various high-traffic areas like Union Station, Adams Morgan, Georgetown, and Dupont Circle;
- Deploying Satellite Cell Site on Light Trucks (SatCOLTs) to provide additional network coverage, as well as interoperability among private radio networks completely independent of the local power and telephone infrastructure;
- Close coordination among the Sprint Emergency Response Team (ERT) and law enforcement and security clients to ensure they have the wireless solutions needed to maximize interoperability - including the Sprint ERT Go-Kit(TM), which provides first responders immediate access to mobile communications tools for emergencies, including fully-charged cell phones and Sprint Mobile Broadband devices; and
- Monitoring Sprint's Global MPLS IP network for voice and data traffic to ensure business as usual operations for business and government customers.
First responders will have a number of ways to communicate using Sprint's networks, including through a government-run Wireless Priority Service (WPS) program and Priority Connect(R) on Nextel Direct Connect. Activation of WPS and Nextel Priority Connect(R) services using the push-to-talk service on the Nextel National Network are available for a nominal fee upon request for approved agencies.
"Network dependability is a key priority for Sprint," said
As customers rang in the New Year, Sprint's networks performed well across the country, most notably:
- In New York's Times Square, Sprint enhanced its permanent cell sites
with additional radio equipment to support the more than 40% increase in
voice calls during
New Year's Eve, while its entire New York Citymetropolitan area network experienced a 90% increase in text messaging during the peak hour in comparison to a regular day;
- For the
Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, the Nationwide Sprint Network recorded a nearly 100% increase in text messaging on New Year's Evein comparison to the same time last year; and
- Near Caesars Palace in
Las Vegas, Sprint deployed two Cells on Wheels (COWs) to handle the surge in phone calls and text messages.
Public safety officials seeking information about services from the Sprint Emergency Response Team, should call 1-888-639-0020 or email ERTRequests@sprint.com.