October 04, 2006
Sprint 'Powers Up' Wireless Coverage, Capacity to Its Nextel Network in Jacksonville
Significant Nextel Network enhancements made on the First Coast as part of a $7 billion wireless and wireline investment nationwide
Nanci Schwartz, Sprint, 352-326-1326
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — 10/04/2006
Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) today announced enhancements to its Nextel Network in the Jacksonville area. These extensive upgrades to Jacksonville's northside along Soutel Drive, between Lem Turner Road and US1, 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 Jacksonville and throughout the country," said Bob Halcrow, area vice president. "We strive to make our wireless service the best where our customers live, work and travel."
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," Halcrow said. "Our Nextel Walkie-Talkie services connect people coast-to-coast and country-to-country in less than 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 the Sprint Power Vision(sm) 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 220 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, the Sprint Power Vision 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.