October 02, 2006

Sprint 'Powers Up' Wireless Coverage, Capacity to Its Nextel Network in the Greater Bay Area

Significant Nextel Network enhancements made in East Bay, South Bay, San Francisco and Peninsula as part of a $7 billion wireless and wireline investment nationwide

Media Contact:
Caroline Semerdjian, Sprint, 415-278-5364

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. — 10/02/2006

Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) today announced enhancements to its Nextel Network in the Greater Bay 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.

"The Sprint network team is constantly looking for ways to improve the customer experience in the Bay Area and throughout the country," said Dennis McSweeney, area vice president for Sprint. "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:

East Bay

  • Improved coverage in the Oakland Hills on Skyline Blvd and Golf Links Road
  • Improved in-building coverage in Newark at Rosemont Center, Raleys Center, Newark Market Place and Lido Faire
  • Improved coverage at Oakland Arena and the Coliseum
  • Improved coverage in Fremont along Mission Blvd, Paseo Padre Parkway, Washington Blvd and Grimmer Blvd
  • Improved coverage in the area along Milpitas Blvd. between Dixon Landing Rd and Calaveras Blvd.
  • Improved coverage on Winton Ave from Amador St to Jackson St.
  • Improved coverage along Richmond Parkway between Parr Blvd. and to Hilltop Dr. and for the residential and industrial area between Giant Rd. and San Pablo Ave
  • Improved coverage on Hwy 4, Willow Pass Rd. and surrounding area
  • Improved coverage along Broadway, San Pablo Avenue and El Portal on the north side of Richmond

South Bay

  • Improved in-building coverage to business parks at Silver Creek Valley Rd, Hellyer Rd and Coyote Rd
  • Improved coverage in the residential/foothills of eastern San Jose, between Cropley Rd and Berryessa Rd.
  • Improved coverage along Hwy 87, south of Hwy 280
  • Improved coverage in Saratoga along Sunnyvale Road and Los Gatos Road
  • Improved coverage in the residential and business areas along portions of Fremont St., Hwy 218 (Canyon del Rey Blvd), Del Monte Blvd., and the Monterey Airport to include the surrounding business. Also to improve coverage along Hwy 1, 68 and 218 in the city of Seaside.
  • Provide continuous coverage on Hwy 1 between Aptos and Watsonville. Improved coverage between Mar Monte Ave and Buena Vista Drive and improved coverage along access roads within the area.
  • Improved coverage along Hwy 280 from Lawrence Expy to San Tomas Expy, and South on Saratoga Rd from Hwy 280 to Williams Rd.
  • Improved coverage in the Great Mall and the industrial area of southern Milpitas.
  • Improved coverage to main office building and future buildings located on the ChevronTexaco oil field n San Ardo. Also to provide ICP and On-street Portable to the north end and south end of oil field.

San Francisco

  • Improved in-building coverage in Pacific Heights and the Inner Richmond
  • Improved coverage to Geneva Ave. between Bayshore and Moscow Street. Also improved coverage to the Cow Palace
  • Improved coverage to the north portion of the Hunters Point naval shipyard
  • Improved coverage in the Noe Valley area of San Francisco
  • Improved coverage to Westlake area of Daly City

North Bay

  • Improved coverage along Mendocino Ave, provide IBP to Sonoma Co. Offices and Sheriff Dept. in Santa Rosa


  • Improved in-building coverage in Menlo Park
  • Improvements along Middlefield Road and Willow Road to Glenwood Drive
  • Enhanced coverage at Menlo-Atherton High School
  • Improved coverage along Alameda Las Pulgas, Sequoia Hospital and Edgewood Ave in Redwood City

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," Dennis McSweeney said. "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 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 216 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.

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