December 14, 2006
Sprint 'Powers Up' Kansas Wireless Coverage with More Than $107 Million in Network Investments
Upgrades Throughout the State Are Part of a $7 Billion Nationwide Investment to Further Enhance Wireline and Wireless Network Performance
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 14, 2006--Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) today announced investments of more than $107 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 Kansas.
"Providing an excellent customer experience is Sprint's number one priority across all of Kansas and wherever we offer our wide range of wireless phones, plans and features," said Rob Bryant, area vice president for Sprint in Kansas. "Being that the Sunflower State is home to our operational headquarters, it's especially important to the Sprint network team in this region that we do all that we can to ensure our customers are highly satisfied with their Sprint services."
The following is a detailed list of cities in Kansas benefiting from network enhancements:
-- Abilene -- Fort Riley -- Arkansas City -- La Cygne -- Assaria -- Leawood -- Belle Plaine -- Lindsborg -- Chapman -- Louisburg -- Columbus -- Mound Ridge -- Derby -- Oxford -- Easton -- Pittsburg -- Rose Hill -- Wellington -- Salina -- Wichita -- Solomon -- Winfield
"Sprint is proud of its unwavering dedication to optimize its network performance," said Bryant. "Our customers can expect to see expanded network quality as we continue our efforts to enhance and improve their wireless experience with Sprint."
Sprint offers the most wireless broadband coverage of any carrier through its Power Vision(SM) Network (EV-DO), which reaches well over 180 million people in 8,073 cities and covers 725 airports. The Sprint Power Vision Network allows users to access audio, video and data applications with handheld and connection card devices.
Sprint EV-DO Revision A Network
Sprint is the only carrier to begin rolling out EV-DO Revision A technology, which now covers 20 markets where more than 60 million people live and work. Sprint expects to upgrade its entire Power Vision Network to the faster EV-DO Revision A technology by third quarter 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 (walkie-talkie service).
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 Miles McMillin, 913-794-3775 Miles.email@example.com SOURCE: Sprint Nextel