March 07, 2007
Significant Network Enhancements Part of a More Than $63 Million Investment
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Mar 07, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- For Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) wireless customers in northeast Florida who already take advantage of the company’s powerful networks, recent local network enhancements should result in even better wireless service. Sprint added 24 wireless cell sites in the last six months to its Nationwide Sprint PCS Network(SM) and Nextel National Network(SM) in Jacksonville, Orange Park, St. Augustine and Green Cove Springs.

"Sprint continues to make significant investments to increase coverage and capacity in its wireless networks on the First Coast and throughout the country," said Bob Halcrow, area vice president, Florida. "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 $63 million in its wireless networks in the Jacksonville market. The following is a detailed list of the local areas benefiting from these enhancements:

Nationwide Sprint PCS Network

-- St. Augustine near the World Golf Village and in the area of County Roads 214 and 208; St. Johns County in the Cimmaron area.

-- Jacksonville’s Northside including areas near the Jacksonville Zoo and Talleyrand

-- San Marco near the Acosta Bridge and near the Miramar neighborhood

-- Ft. Caroline area

-- Downtown Jacksonville

-- Avon Park near Cassat Avenue

-- Westside in Maxville, near Cecil Field area and near Lenox Avenue

-- In the Southside area near University Boulevard West, Craig Airport and in the area of Simmons Road near 9A

-- Orange Park

-- Ortega

-- Pottsburg Creek area

-- Green Cove Springs

Nextel National Network

-- Gran Park in the Fidelity National Financial building

-- San Marco near the Hart Bridge Expressway

In 2006, Sprint added more than 3,400 cell sites across the country to strengthen performance in both of its wireless networks. This year, the company expects to add 4,000 cell sites.

Sprint also exceeded a 2006 goal of adding 800 permanent generators at critical Florida cell sites. The network team, in fact, installed more than 1,000 generators across the state by the end of last year with plans to install 1,100 more in 2007.

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 nearly $8 billion to further enhance its powerful networks and expand mobile broadband coverage.

The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network

Sprint offers the largest wireless broadband network of any carrier through the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, which reaches more than 209 million people across the country and covers more than 10,000 cities and 1,000 airports.

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

SOURCE: Sprint Nextel

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