November 20, 2006
Sprint Nextel 'Powers Up' New Jersey Coverage, Capacity to Its Wireless Networks with a More Than $81 Million Investment
Significant Network Enhancements Made Throughout New Jersey as
Part of a $7 Billion Wireless and Wireline Investment Nationwide
NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 20, 2006--Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) today announced enhancements to both the Sprint PCS Nationwide Network and the Nextel National Network(SM) in the state of New Jersey with an investment of more than $81 million through the third quarter of 2006 with more to come before yearend. These extensive upgrades are the result of additional wireless cell sites and equipment being added to the networks, delivering additional coverage and network capacity to serve customers.
This includes an investment of nearly $34 million in Northern New Jersey, almost $33 million in Central New Jersey and nearly $15 million in Southern New Jersey.
"The Sprint Nextel network team is constantly looking for ways to improve the customer experience in New Jersey and throughout the country," said Maureen Link, area vice president for Sprint Nextel's New York Metro Area. "We strive to make our wireless service the best where our customers live, work and travel."
The following is a detailed list of the New Jersey areas benefiting from these enhancements to the Sprint PCS Network:
Northern New Jersey -------------------- -- Alpha -- Newark -- Cranford -- North Bergen -- Elizabeth -- Orange -- Garfield -- Parsippany -- Harrison -- Pequannock -- Jersey City -- Roselle -- Linden -- Rutherford -- Livingston -- Secaucus -- Mahwah -- Verona -- Millburn -- Wayne -- Montclair
Central New Jersey ------------------- -- Brick -- Montgomery -- Basking Ridge -- Ocean -- Beachwood -- Point Pleasant -- Edison -- Wall
Southern New Jersey -------------------- -- Clementon -- Merchantville -- Somers Point -- Trenton
The following is a detailed list of the areas benefiting from these enhancements to the Nextel Network:
Northern New Jersey -------------------- -- Edgewater -- Paterson -- East Rutherford -- Secaucus -- Harrington Park -- West Orange -- Montclair
Central New Jersey ------------------- -- Beachwood -- Riverdale -- Brick -- Roxbury -- Edison -- South Brunswick -- Manalapan -- Warren -- North Brunswick -- White House Station
Southern New Jersey -------------------- -- Atlantic City -- Burlington -- Cherry Hill -- Trenton
"Sprint Nextel is committed delivering the highest quality network coverage, and this is just one example of our never ending efforts to optimize our network performance to provide the best customer experience," Link said. "Customers in New Jersey can expect to see expanded network quality as we continue our efforts to enhance and improve their wireless experience with Sprint Nextel."
Sprint Nextel plans to invest $7 billion in its wireless and wireline networks nationwide in 2006.
Nextel National Network
The Nextel National Network, one of the largest all-digital wireless networks in the United States, is based on the integrated digital enhanced network (iDEN) always-on technology, which provides the world's fastest and most efficient walkie-talkie service. More people use the Nextel National Network for walkie-talkie calls than any other such service in the world. In 2005, the Nextel Network carried more than 100 billion direct connect calls.
Sprint Expands the Sprint Power Vision Network
Sprint Nextel 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 Nextel 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 Nextel 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, 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 Nextel Mark Elliott, 603-621-4511 email@example.com SOURCE: Sprint Nextel