September 19, 2006
Sprint 'Powers Up' Wireless Coverage, Capacity to Its Nextel Network in Richmond, Virginia
Significant Nextel Network enhancements made in Richmond as part of a $7 billion wireless and wireline investment nationwide
Richard Pesce, Sprint
RICHMOND, Va — 09/19/2006
Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) today announced enhancements to its Nextel Network in the Richmond 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.
"Sprint's network team is constantly looking for ways to improve the customer experience in Richmond and throughout the country," said Brian McIntee, area vice president, Mid-Atlantic Area, Sprint Nextel. "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:
1.Improved coverage on Rt. 17 from Laneview to Dunnsville
2.Improved coverage in southern Hanover county
3.Improved in-building coverage in downtown Richmond
4.Improved coverage in Powhatan Courthouse and the surrounding area
5.Improved coverage to the towns of West Point and Mattaponi and at the paper plant
6.Improved coverage through the Route 522 corridor from Gum Spring to Michaux
7.Improved coverage along the SH 3 thoroughfare from Fredericksburg to Culpepper
8.Improved coverage along the Route 17 corridor from Fredericksburg to Warren
9.Improved coverage along Hwy 60 and Hwy 76
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 McIntee. "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 Visionsm 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.