November 21, 2006
Sprint 'Powers Up' Missouri Wireless Coverage with More Than $41 Million in Network Investments
Upgrades Throughout the State, Including St. Louis Metro Area, Are Part of a $7 Billion Nationwide Investment to Further Enhance Wireline
and Wireless Network Performance
ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 21, 2006--Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) today announced investments of more than $41 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 the St. Louis metro area and all of Missouri.
"Providing an excellent customer experience is Sprint's number one priority in St. Louis, across Missouri and wherever we offer our wide range of wireless phones, plans and features," said Rob Bryant, area vice president for Sprint in Missouri. "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 services."
The following is a detailed list of cities in the St. Louis metro area benefiting from network enhancements:
-- Black Jack -- St. Charles -- Bridgeton -- St. Louis -- Fenton -- St. Paul -- Florissant -- St. Peters -- O'Fallon -- Town and Country -- St. Ann -- Wentzville
"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 more than 174 million people nationwide as of Nov. 17, covering over 219 communities with at least a 100,000 population as well as 673 airports. The 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 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 Miles McMillin, 913-794-3775 Miles.email@example.com SOURCE: Sprint Nextel