November 17, 2006
Sprint Nextel 'Powers Up' Houston Coverage, Capacity with $27 Million Network Investment
Significant Network Enhancements Made Throughout Texas as Part of
a $7 Billion Wireless and Wireline Investment Nationwide
HOUSTON--(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 Houston area with an investment of $27 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 greater Houston.
In the state of Texas, Sprint has invested more than $90 million, including $27 million in greater Houston, in its wireless networks this year.
"Providing an excellent customer experience is Sprint's number one priority in Houston 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 local areas benefiting by these enhancements to the Sprint PCS Network:
-- Edgeworth Place Subdivision- east of U.S. Hwy. 59 between Mt. Houston and Little York -- Fairfield Subdivision - near Mason Road and U.S. Hwy. 290 -- Bonaire Subdivision - near Cypress N. Houston and Huffmeister Road -- Sandpiper Subdivision - near Aldine Westfield Road and Hirschfield Road -- Shepherd Park Plaza and Garden Oaks Subdivisions - N. Shepherd between W. Tidwell Road and W. 43rd Street -- Kelliwood, Green Trails, and Windsor Park Estates Subdivisions - east of S. Fry Road and south of Kingsland Blvd.
The following is a detailed list of the local areas benefiting by these enhancements to the Nextel National Network(SM):
-- West side of I 45 on FM 2920; west of Spring -- East of Hardy Toll Road along Riley Fuzzel Road -- Texas Medical Center; on the Northern side of the Medical Center -- Hwy 59 at Newcastle in the Greenway Plaza area -- Terminals A and B as well as FIS in George Bush Intercontinental Airport. 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 Nextel retail stores, is simple to use and helps set network coverage expectations for customers before signing up for wireless service.
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.
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 Media: Roxie Ramirez, 214-455-6823 email@example.com SOURCE: Sprint Nextel