April 02, 2007
Sprint 'Powers Up' Wireless Coverage, Capacity to Networks in Minnesota
Significant Network Enhancements Part of More Than $43 Million State-Wide Investment
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 2, 2007--For Sprint (NYSE: S) wireless customers in Minnesota who already take advantage of the company's powerful networks, recent local network enhancements should result in even better wireless service. Sprint added 74 wireless cell sites during 2006 to its Nationwide Sprint PCS Network(SM) and Nextel National Network(SM) in the state, including the Twin Cities.
"Sprint continues to make significant investments to increase coverage and capacity in its wireless networks in Minnesota and throughout the country," said Rob Bryant, area vice president of sales for Sprint. "Customer satisfaction and network quality are two of Sprint's top priorities as we further strengthen our powerful networks where our customers live, work, play and travel."
Last year, Sprint invested more than $43 million in its wireless networks in Minnesota. The following is a detailed list of the locations in the Twin Cities benefiting from these enhancements:
Nationwide Sprint PCS Network -- South Minneapolis between Diamond Lake and Lake Nokomis -- Apple Valley at I-35E and Hwy. 77 -- Excelsior and Shady Oak Dr. -- South of Uptown along Lyndale Ave. -- Around Chaska High School -- Shakopee at Hwy. 169 and Marschall Rd. -- Edina Shopping Center at France and 50th -- Minnetonka at Tonkawood and 7th -- Southwest of Shakopee along Hwy. 169 -- Minnetonka around Hopkins Crossing -- Downtown Shakopee -- Hwy. 36 and Hamline near Har Mar Mall -- Lake Phalen area at Hwy. 61 and Maryland -- McKnight Road between Maplewood and North St. Paul, south of Hwy. 36 -- Brooklyn Center, around Evergreen Park -- Coon Rapid Soccer Complex -- Downtown Maple Grove near I-94 and I-494 intersection -- Golden Valley at Douglas and Duluth -- Brooklyn Park at Hwy. 610 and Zane Ave. N. -- East of St. Paul Park to Highland Park in Cottage Grove -- South of Eden Prairie Center along Flying Cloud Dr. to the airport Nextel National Network -- Eden Prairie -- Lake Harriet -- North St. Paul
In 2006, Sprint added more than 3,400 cell sites across the country to strengthen performance in both of its wireless networks and this year expects to add more than 4,000 sites. In addition to enhancements in the Twin Cities, Sprint also made network enhancements across the state and in Western Wisconsin.
Nationwide Sprint PCS Network -- Almelund -- Andover -- Bay City (Wi.) -- Chisago City -- Cocoran -- Cokato -- East edge of St. Croix Falls (Wi.) -- Elko -- Hwy. 10 between Prescott and Trimbelle (Wi.) -- Hwy. 35 north of Diamond Bluff (Wi.) -- Hudson (Wi.) -- Linwood -- Lyndale -- Maiden Rock (Wi.) -- Mayer -- Martell (Wi.) -- North of Stillwater -- North of Trenton (Wi.) -- Northeast of Howard Lake -- Region between Cylon, Emerald and Forest -- Scandia -- South of Forest Lake -- Southeast of Monticello -- West of Hanover -- Winthrop Nextel National Network -- Atwater -- Cottage Grove -- Dayton -- Eagan -- Elk River -- Grove City -- Holdingford -- Hugo -- Hutchinson -- Litchfield -- Mahtomedi -- New London -- Plymouth -- Red Wing -- Rice -- Shakopee -- Silver Lake -- St. Anthony -- Willmar Increased Network Investment in 2007
Sprint spent more than $7 billion in capital expenditures in 2006, most of which was invested to enhance its wireless and wireline networks nationwide. Across the country, thousands of markets - large and small - received the benefit of this major investment. This year, Sprint will invest more than $7 billion to further enhance its powerful networks and expand mobile broadband coverage.
Power Network Coverage Tool and Sprint Plan Advisor
To help current and prospective customers view coverage information, Sprint provides the Power Network Coverage Tool, which provides detailed coverage maps down to the street address level. By entering an address or ZIP code, customers can check the availability of wireless coverage, recently added cell sites and the network signal strength on the Nationwide Sprint PCS Network, Nextel National Network or Sprint Mobile Broadband Network. The tool is available at www.sprint.com/coverage and at self-service touch-screen kiosks at many Sprint and Nextel retail stores. Once coverage is determined, customers can either change or purchase a new service plan using the new Sprint Plan Advisor. This tool, which helps customers make educated decisions about which wireless plan is right for them based on the criteria they provide, is available at www.sprint.com/planadvisor.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services, bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving 53.1 million customers at the end of 2006; 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.
CONTACT: Sprint Nextel
Miles McMillin, 913-794-3775
SOURCE: Sprint Nextel