September 28, 2006
Sprint 'Powers Up' Wireless Coverage, Capacity to Its Nextel Network in Columbia
Significant Nextel Network enhancements as part of a $7 billion wireless and wireline investment nationwide
Kristin Wallace, Sprint, 404-649-1625
COLUMBIA, SC — 09/28/2006
Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) today announced enhancements to its Nextel Network in the Columbia area. 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.
"The Sprint network team is constantly looking for ways to improve the customer experience in Florence and throughout the country," said Craven Shumaker, area vice president. "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:
- Interstate 20 to State Highway 401
- Intersection of Camden Highway and State Route 441 in Dalzell
- West Gadsen along Highway 48 and Highway 769
- Ft. Stewart along State Route 144 north to Groveland
- Lamar and Newnan Swamp
- Hopkins along Lower Richland Road to State Highway 76
Sprint plans to invest $7 billion in its wireless and wireline networks nationwide in 2006.
"Customers of the Nextel Network can expect more enhancements and expansions throughout 2006, reinforcing our commitment to constantly improve and enhance the customer experience," Shumaker 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.
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.