October 19, 2006

Sprint 'Powers Up' Wireless Coverage, Capacity to Its Nextel Network in Central and Northern New Jersey

Significant Nextel Network enhancements made in Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris and Somerset counties as part of a $7 billion wireless and wireline investment nationwide

Media Contacts:
Mark Elliott, Sprint, 603-621-4511

NEWARK — 10/19/2006

Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced enhancements to its Nextel Network in the Central and Northern New Jersey. These extensive upgrades are the result of additional wireless cell sites and equipment being added to the Nextel Network, delivering additional coverage and network capacity to serve its customers.

"Sprint's network team is constantly looking for ways to improve the customer experience in Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris and Somerset counties and throughout the country," said Maureen Link, area vice president for Sprint's NY 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 areas improved by these enhancements to the Nextel Network:

Essex County

  • Roseland
    • Improved coverage along I-280
    • Improved coverage to the ADP Complex and Corporate Parks
  • Newark
    • Improved coverage at Newark International Airport Terminal C and the surrounding area
    • Improved coverage for Port Elizabeth, Jersey Gardens Mall and Linden
Middlesex County
  • Piscataway
    • Improved coverage to the U.S. Army Camp Kilmer Facility
    • Improved coverage to the Rutgers University Livingston Campus, including the Rutgers Athletic Center
  • Sayreville
    • Improved coverage along County Road 535 (Washington Avenue)
    • Improved coverage in the area surrounding Sayreville
Monmouth County
  • Middletown
    • Improved coverage to the U.S. Naval Station Earle
    • Improved coverage along Route 36 in Belford
    • Improved in-building coverage for the industrial park and shopping areas along Route 35
    • Improved coverage along Route 516 in Middletown and the NJ Transit Station area
Morris County
  • Chatham & Madison townships
    • Improved coverage along Belleville and Franklin avenues
    • Improved coverage between Chatham and Madison townships
  • Madison Township
  • Morris Plains
    • Improved coverage along Route 202 between I-80 and Route 10
    • Improved in-building coverage along Sylvan Way and Campus Drive
Somerset County
  • Raritan
    • Improved coverage in the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick
    • Improved coverage in the south area of the Raritan Center (Edison)

Sprint plans to invest $7 billion in its wireless and wireline networks nationwide in 2006.

"Customers of Sprint's Nextel Network can expect more enhancements and expansions throughout 2006, reinforcing our commitment to constantly improve and enhance the customer experience," (insert name of exec quoted previously) said. "Our Nextel Walkie-Talkie services connect people coast-to-coast and country-to-country in under one second."

The Nextel 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 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 Its Power Vision(sm) Mobile Broadband Network
Sprint has the most wireless broadband coverage of any carrier. Sprint Mobile Broadband services, which run on the Sprint Power Vision Network, reach more than 157 million people in 216 major markets and 486 airports nationwide. Sprint plans to reach more than 200 million people by the end of 2006.

Sprint is rolling out an upgraded technology known as EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) Revision A during the fourth quarter 2006. By third quarter 2007, Sprint's Power Visionsm Network is expected to be completely upgraded to the faster EV-DO Revision A, which will enable customers to experience faster average download and upload speeds, thereby enabling richer applications and faster services in such areas as video, music, large file uploads and high- performance push-to-talk capabilities.

About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of communications services bringing mobility to consumer, business and government customers. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks offering 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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