June 19, 2008

Sprint Adds Five Sites to Its Wireless Networks in Connecticut, Enhancing Coverage Statewide

HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 19, 2008--Sprint (NYSE:S) invested more than $6.9 million and added five new cell sites to its wireless networks in Connecticut in the first quarter of 2008, enhancing network coverage statewide.

"Sprint is making great strides in network performance, and nationally, our wireless networks continue to perform at best-ever levels," said Bill Toth, vice president of North Region Field Engineering and Operations for Sprint. "We’re making enhancements to our networks in Connecticut and across the nation so that customers can do what they want, simply and immediately."

Statewide network coverage improvements include: cell site builds that extend coverage, in-building solutions, carrier overlays, capacity switching and EV-DO Rev. A deployment that allows for a faster data experience. Customers in the following cities should have a better wireless experience as a result of these enhancements: Brookfield, Milford, South Windsor, Wallingford and Winsted.

Sprint provides its customers advanced technology so they can get what they want instantly. Sprint offers the largest voice calling area, the nation’s largest mobile broadband network and the fastest national push-to-talk network and largest push-to-talk community, which enable customers to do the things that matter the most to them on the go.

"Sprint is committed to maintaining and enhancing its networks," Toth said. "With Sprint, customers can truly celebrate the simplicity and instant gratification of Now."

Nationally during 2007, Sprint added more than 4,000 cell sites to the Nationwide Sprint Network and Nextel National Network. Internal performance metrics show double-digit percent improvement year-over-year (e.g., March 2007 to March 2008) for dropped and blocked calls on both the Nationwide Sprint Network and Nextel National Network. For the Nextel National Network, customer issues related to dropped and blocked calls, and voice quality combined, have decreased more than 60 percent from March 2007 to March 2008.

Current and prospective customers can view coverage maps using the Sprint Coverage Tool, which is available at www.sprint.com/coverage and at self-service touch-screen kiosks at many Sprint Nextel retail stores. By entering an address or ZIP code, customers can check the availability of wireless coverage in the areas where they live, work and play. The tool helps them make informed decisions regarding services from Sprint.


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 wireless networks serving nearly 53 million customers at the end of the first quarter 2008; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

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SOURCE: Sprint