October 04, 2006

Sprint 'Powers Up' Wireless Coverage, Capacity to Its Nextel Network in Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey

Significant Nextel Network enhancements made in Center City, Philadelphia, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Wilmington, Del., Newark, Del., Dover, Del. and Southern N.J. as part of a $7 billion wireless and wireline investment nationwide

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Laura Porter, Sprint, 703-433-4601

PHILADELPHIA — 10/04/2006

Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) today announced enhancements to its Nextel Network in Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern 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 Philadelphia and its surrounding areas and throughout the country," said Karen Paletta, area vice president, NorthEast Central 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:


Wilmington Area

  • Improved coverage along I-495 from Exit 1 to 2
  • Improved in-building coverage for Alfred Dupont Hospital
  • Improved coverage for State Hwy 9 (New Castle Ave), Rogers Road and Route 13
  • Improved coverage along Old Airport road, near I-95
  • Improved Coverage along SR-48 (West of Wilmington, DT)
  • Improved Coverage along SR-13 (exit4 of I-495)
Newark Area
  • Improved coverage at Route 72 (S Chapel Street) & Route 4 (East Chestnut Hill Road)
Dover Area
  • Improved coverage along US Hwy 1 and Route 13
  • Improved coverage in the town of Wyoming between Routes 8 and 10


Center City

  • Improved in-building coverage for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHoP) on top of the Wood Building
  • Improved coverage along Frankford Ave. / US Hwy 13
  • Improved coverage along Haverford Ave. in West Philadelphia
  • Improved coverage along SR-611 near Temple Hospital
Chester/ Delaware Counties
  • Improved coverage along Westchester Pike (Route 3)
  • Improved coverage near intersection of Route 3 and Route 252
  • Improved Coverage inside Philadelphia International Airport and coverage along Island Ave and Lindbergh Blvd.
  • Improved coverage along US Hwy 30 in between of Coatesville and Downingtown in PA
  • Improve coverage along Springfield Rd intersection with US Hwy 1 in Springfield, PA
Montgomery County
  • Improved in-building coverage for Holy Redeemer Hospital building (Jenkintown, PA)
  • Improved coverage at Elkins Park Hospital building along Route 73/Township Line Rd.
  • Improved coverage along US 202, south of Norristown, PA


  • Improved coverage near intersection of Route 413 and W. Broad St. (Burlington, NJ)
  • Improved coverage along Route 73 near 295
  • Improved coverage along Route 70 in Cherry Hill
  • Improved coverage East part of Atlantic City and Boardwalk
  • Improved coverage I-295 intersection of SR 33 in Trenton, NJ

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," said Paletta. "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
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 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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