November 17, 2006
Sprint Nextel 'Powers Up' Austin Coverage, Capacity with Nearly $13 Million Network Investment
Significant Network Enhancements Made Throughout Texas as Part of
a $7 Billion Wireless and Wireline Investment Nationwide
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 17, 2006--Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) today announced improvements to both the Nationwide Sprint PCS Network and Nextel National Network(SM) in the Austin area with an investment of nearly $13 million through the third quarter of 2006. These extensive upgrades are the result of adding additional wireless cell sites and equipment to the networks, delivering expanded coverage and network capacity to better serve customers in Central Texas.
In the state of Texas, Sprint has invested more than $90 million, including nearly $13 million in Central Texas, in its wireless networks this year.
"Providing an excellent customer experience is Sprint's number one priority in Austin and wherever we offer our wide range of wireless phones, plans and features," said Mike Karageorge, area vice president of sales. "We strive to make our wireless service the best where our customers live and work."
The following is a detailed list of the Central Texas areas benefiting by these enhancements to the Sprint PCS Network:
-- Bear Creek -- Shady Hollow, FM 1626 from Hays to Manchaca, FM 1826 and Hwy. 45 -- Seaton -- Hwy 36 from NW Temple to Lake Belton -- Smithville -- Hwy. 21 between FM-535 & Hwy. 183 -- Improvement in coverage on Hwy. 1431 between Hwy. 183 & Jonestown
The following is a detailed list of the local areas benefiting by these enhancements to the Nextel National Network(SM):
-- Pflugerville by the SH 130 toll road and FM 685 -- Lexington on Hwy. 77 -- Dripping Springs on Hwy. 290 heading toward Austin -- Cedar Creek on Hwy. 71W, in between Austin and Bastrop -- Driftwood on FM 3237 and FM 150 Sprint Expands the Sprint Power Vision Network
Sprint offers the most wireless broadband coverage of any carrier through its Power Vision(SM) Network (EV-DO), which reaches more than 170 million people nationwide, covering over 219 communities with at least a 100,000 population as well as 486 airports nationwide. The Power Vision network allows users to access audio, video and data applications with handheld and connection card devices.
Sprint is the only carrier to begin rolling out an EV-DO Revision A network and expects to cover 21 markets where more than 40 million people live and work by the end of 2006 and upgrade its entire Power Vision Network to the faster EV-DO Revision A technology by Q3 2007. The faster data rates provided by EV-DO Revision A can enable richer applications and services, such as high-speed video telephony, music on demand, video messaging, large file uploads and high performance push-to-talk capability.
Power Network Coverage Tool Provides Unique View
In October, Sprint launched its Power Network Coverage Tool to help customers view detailed coverage maps down to the street address level. By entering an address or zip code, customers can see the availability of wireless coverage and the network signal strength on the Nextel National Network(SM), Nationwide Sprint PCS Network or Sprint Power Vision Network. Customers can also view the location of recently added cell sites in many areas. The tool, available at www.sprint.com/coverage and at self-service touch-screen kiosks at hundreds of Sprint Nextel retail stores, is simple to use and helps set network coverage expectations for customers before signing up for wireless service.
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 more than 51 million customers at the end of third quarter 2006; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
CONTACT: Sprint Roxie Ramirez, 512-342-3828 email@example.com SOURCE: Sprint Nextel