November 16, 2006
Sprint Nextel 'Powers Up' Chicagoland Wireless Coverage with More Than $93 Million in Network Investments
Upgrades Are Part of a $7 Billion Nationwide Investment by Sprint
Nextel to Further Enhance Wireline and Wireless Network Performance
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 16, 2006--Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) today announced investments of more than $93 million to both the Sprint PCS Nationwide Network(SM) and the Nextel National Network(SM) through the third quarter of 2006. These extensive upgrades are the result of adding additional wireless cell sites and equipment, delivering expanded coverage and network capacity to better serve customers throughout Chicagoland.
"Providing an excellent customer experience is Sprint's number one priority in Chicagoland and wherever we offer our wide range of wireless phones, plans and features," said J. W. Penland, Sprint area vice president of Sales. "It's especially important to the Sprint network team in this region that we do all we can to ensure our customers are highly satisfied with their Sprint Nextel services."
The following is a detailed list of cities benefiting from enhancements to the Sprint PCS Network:
-- Bartlett -- Hammond, Ind. -- Berwyn -- Kouts, Ind. -- Chicago -- LaPorte, Ind. -- East Chicago -- Lemont -- Frankfort -- Libertyville -- Freeport -- McHenry -- Gary, Ind. -- Michigan City -- North Barrington -- Schiller Park -- Orangeville -- Shorewood -- Plainfield -- St. Charles -- Riverdale -- West Chicago
The following is a detailed list of the areas improved from enhancements to the Nextel Network:
-- Arlington Heights -- Hoffman Estates -- Aurora -- Joliet -- Batavia -- Kingsbury -- Bannockburn -- Lake Forest -- Bedford Park -- Lake in the Hills -- Calumet -- McHenry -- Chicago -- Midlothian -- Crown Point, Ind. -- Northbrook -- Des Plaines -- Oakbrook Terrace -- Dyer -- Orland Hills -- East Chicago -- Palatine -- Elgin/Wasco -- Schaumburg -- Elk Grove Village -- Schiller Park -- Geneva -- Shorewood -- Glen Ellyn -- Villa Park -- Gary, Ind. -- Warrenville -- Hobart/Portage -- Wheaton -- Hodgkins
"Sprint is proud of its unwavering dedication to optimize its network performance," said Penland. "Chicagoland customers can expect to see expanded network quality as we continue our efforts to enhance and improve their wireless experience with Sprint."
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.
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 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.
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