September 19, 2006
Sprint 'Powers Up' Wireless Coverage, Capacity to its Nextel Network In Northern Colorado
Significant Nextel Network enhancements from Longmont to Ft. Collins as part of a $7 billion wireless and wireline investment nationwide
Debra Havins, Sprint, 303-801-3291
DENVER — 09/19/2006
Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) today announced enhancements to its Nextel Network in Longmont, Frederick, Firestone, Ft. Collins and surrounding communities. These extensive upgrades are the result of additional wireless cell sites and equipment being added to the Nextel Network, almost doubling the square footage covered in the area and improving network capacity to serve its customers.
"Sprint's network team is constantly looking for ways to improve the customer experience," said Jonathan Smith, branch manager for business sales in Colorado. "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:
- Improved in-building coverage for Frederick and Firestone
- Improved in-building coverage around Harmony and College/Hwy 287
- Improved coverage along Hwy 85 from Nunn to Wind Farm
- Improved coverage along Hwy 34 near Hwy 85
- Improved coverage on the University of Northern Colorado campus
- Improved coverage along Hwy 66 to Hwy 287
- Improved coverage in Northern Longmont
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," Smith said. "Our Nextel Walkie-Talkie service connects people coast-to-coast and country-to-country in less than 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
Additionally, Sprint continues to expand and evolve the Sprint Power Vision(sm) Network -- the nation's largest wireless broadband network, covering more than 158 million people in 220 communities and 466 airports across the nation. Sprint's broadband network enables users to access audio, video and data applications with handheld and connection card devices.
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 Vision(sm) 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.