September 13, 2006
Sprint 'Powers Up' Wireless Coverage, Capacity to its Nextel Network In South Florida
Significant Nextel Network enhancements made in Miami-Dade and Broward counties as part of a $7 billion wireless and wireline investment nationwide
Nanci Schwartz, Sprint, 352-326-1326
MIAMI, Fla. — 09/13/2006
Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced enhancements to its Nextel Network in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. 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.
"Our Sprint's network team is constantly looking for ways to improve the customer experience throughout the country, and specifically in South Florida," said Bob Halcrow, area vice president, Florida. "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:
- Pompano Beach along A1A between Vistamar and Valencia streets
- Cooper City, north to SW 53rd Street and south to NW 35th
- Miami, in the area of the VA Medical Center, Jackson Memorial Hospital and Cedars Medical Center
- Miami, in the area of Old Dixie Highway and 248th Street
- South Miami Springs, near 39th Avenue and 21st Street
- Kendall, in the Baptist Hospital area
- Homestead, south of the Redland Golf and Country Club
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," Bob Halcrow said. "Our Nextel Walkie-Talkie services connect people coast-to-coast and country-to-country in less than a 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 153 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 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.