October 02, 2006

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

Significant Nextel Network enhancements made in Sacramento, Upper Central Valley, Stockton, Fairfield, Antioch, Fresno and Tracy as part of a $7 billion wireless and wireline investment nationwide

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Caroline Semerdjian, Sprint, 415-278-5364

SACRAMENTO, Ca. — 10/02/2006

Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) today announced enhancements to its Nextel Network in the Greater Sacramento and Central Valley 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 Greater Sacramento and Central Valley 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:


  • Improved coverage on Hwy US50 from Silver Fork to Camp Sacramento
  • Improved in-building coverage to the Wild Horse development
  • Improved coverage to South Sacramento in the area between I-5 and the Sacramento River
  • Improved coverage to the southern portion of Fair Oaks east to Hazel Ave, west to Sunrise Blvd, north to Madison Ave, and south to Winding Way
  • Improved coverage south to Blue Oaks Blvd, north and east to Sunset Blvd and west to Hwy 65 – Rocklin
  • Improved coverage to parts of far south Sacramento between I-5 and Hwy 99. It includes the east end of Meadowview Rd and the west end of Mack Rd, portions of Franklin Rd between Brookfield Dr and Cosumnes River Rd. It also covers the Meadowview Light Rail Station
Upper Central Valley
  • Improved coverage on Hwy 49 north of Nevada City
  • Improved coverage in the Oakland Hills on Skyline Blvd and Golf Links Road
  • Improved coverage along I-80 between Colfax and Frost Hill
  • Improved coverage to Hwy 49 in and around Cool
  • Improved coverage to the Pollock Pines residential and business community along with the Sly Park Reservoir and Recreation Area
  • Improved coverage to Shasta College and to parts of Hwy 299 and the Old Oregon Trail in the city of Redding
  • Improved coverage along I-5 and Thornton Rd between Twin Cities Rd and Peltier Rd and west along Walnut Grove Rd heading into Walnut Grove
  • Improved coverage to Hwy 26 between Shelton Rd and Hagen Ct – Burson
  • Improved coverage to the western portion of Calaveras County covering Hwy 12 west of San Andreas to the Valley Springs area. It also covers portions of Hwy 26 north of Hwy 12
  • Improved coverage to areas south of Modesto; north to Grayson Rd, west to Main St, south to Carpenter Rd, and east to Faith Home
  • Improved coverage to the Pioneer Trail for about ½ miles east of Elks Club Dr, the Lake Tahoe Airport and Hwy 50 from the airport to the north Meyers area just south of the South Lake Y
  • Improved coverage to the rural area of eastern Sacramento County just south of the Rancho Murrietta Community and to parts of the Sloughhouse rural, unincorporated area in Sacramento County. It also covers the east end of Meiss Rd and portions of Hwy 16 and Dillard Rd
  • Improved coverage on Hwy 4 near Stanislaus and San Joaquin county line
  • Improved coverage along Hwy 4 between Milton Rd. and Copperopolis
  • Improved coverage to downtown Stockton south of the Crosstown Freeway between Wilson Ln and El Dorado, along Hazelton Ave between Wilson Way and El Dorado, and south to 3rd St along Center Ave
  • Improved coverage west of I-5 near Hwy 4 in Stockton. It provides coverage along Hwy 4 from Turnpike Rd to Maybeck Rd and south of Hwy 4 along Fresno Ave to the Van Buskirk Golf Course
  • Improved in-building coverage to Walters Rd, Peterson Rd, Travis AFB and Hwy 12
  • Improved coverage to the community of Rancho Solano
  • Improved coverage in the southern part of Antioch, CA
  • Improved coverage to the new portion of Hwy 168 in Fresno
  • Improved coverage to Hark Park, Lake Ming, Current River Golf Course and east along Round Mountain Rd up to the uplands
  • Improved coverage to an approximant 2 mile radius from the intersection of E Bullard Ave and N McCall Ave – Clovis
  • Improved coverage east of Fresno to an approximant 2-mile radius from the intersection of Kings Canyon Rd and De Wolf Ave
  • Improved coverage along I-5 and Bus. I-205 to 11th St, on Berry Ave to Grant Line Rd and along I-205 to the Grant Line Site
  • Improved coverage to northwest Tracy; south to I-205, west to Byron Hwy, and east to McArthur Dr
  • Improved coverage to the town of Midpines and to Hwy 140 for approximately 3-miles out of Midpines
  • Improved coverage to the eastern half of Atwater and to portions of Santa Fe Dr between Winton and Merced

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(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.

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