September 13, 2006
Sprint 'Powers Up' Wireless Coverate, Capacity to its Nextel Network in Central Florida
Significant Nextel Network enhancements made in Orlando as part of a $7 billion wireless and wireline investment nationwide
Nanci Schwartz, Sprint, 352-326-1326
ORLANDO, Fla. — 09/13/2006
Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced enhancements to its Nextel Network in the Orlando 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 Central Florida and throughout the country," 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:
- Improved coverage at the Mall at Millenia and west to Universal Studios
- Improved coverage west of Orlando around Princeton Hospital, north to Princeton Street, east to Orange Blossom Trail and south to West Colonial Drive
- Improved coverage east of Orlando around Curry Ford Road and South Conway Road
- Improved coverage in Altamonte Springs along I-4 between SR 434 and West Central Parkway
"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," Halcrow said. "Our Nextel Walkie-Talkie services connect people coast-to-coast and country-to-country in less than 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.