Upgrades part of a $7 billion nationwide investment by Sprint to
further enhance network performance and the customer experience
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 22, 2006--Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced improvements to its Nationwide Sprint PCS Network(SM) in the Bay Area. These extensive upgrades are the result of adding additional wireless cell sites and equipment to the Sprint PCS Network, delivering expanded coverage and network capacity to better serve customers in San Francisco, San Mateo County, Alameda/Contra Costa Counties, North Bay and South Bay.
"Providing an excellent customer experience is Sprint’s number one priority in the Bay Area and wherever we offer our wide range of wireless phones, plans and features," said Dennis McSweeney, area vice president for Sprint. "It’s especially important to the Sprint network team in this region that we do all we can to ensure Bay Area customers are highly satisfied with their Sprint services."
The following is a detailed list of local areas benefiting by these enhancements to the Sprint PCS Network:
San Francisco: -- Improved coverage in the City College of San Francisco San Mateo County: -- Improved coverage along I-280 between Woodside Rd and Alpine Rd in Menlo Park -- North part of Stanford Campus along with adjacent neighborhoods Alameda County/ Contra Costa County: -- Improved coverage in Western and Southern Livermore -- Coverage improved along Hwy 24 (between Telegraph Ave and Caldecott Tunnel) South Bay: -- University of California, Santa Cruz -- Enhanced coverage in San Jose around E. Capitol Expwy and Quimby Rd -- E. San Jose - area to the east of E. Capitol Expwy between Alum Rock Rd and Tully Rd -- E. San Jose - East of I-680 between Landess Ave and Hostetter Rd -- San Jose - area between I-680, US 101, McKee Rd, and Madbury Rd -- Sunnyvale - area around Lawrence Expwy and Reed Ave -- S. San Jose - in the vicinity of El Camino Real and Wolf Rd -- Northern and Southern parts of Hollister -- Southern Watsonville -- Pacheco Pass between San Felipe Rd and San Louis -- Towns of Soledad and Greenfield along US 101 to the South of Salinas North Bay: -- Healdsburg - Improved coverage East of HWY 101 and West of HWY 101 -- Clayton - On Clayton Road leading into Marsh Creek Road -- Guerneville -- Forestville -- Petaluma -- Napa -- Suisun City - Improved coverage on HWY 12 -- Vallejo - Improved coverage in and around Redwood Street -- Benicia - Improved coverage on HWY 680 -- Kenwood - Improved coverage on Sonoma Hwy -- Martinez -Improved coverage in Martinez -- Fairfield - Improved coverage on West of HWY 80 and East of HWY 80 -- Rohnert Park - Improved coverage at Rohnert Park Mall
In the state of California, Sprint has invested over $318 million, including over $44 million in the Bay Area, in its wireless networks this year.
"Sprint is proud of its unwavering dedication to optimize its network performance," McSweeney said. "Customers in the Bay Area can expect to see expanded network quality as we continue our efforts to enhance and improve their wireless experience with Sprint."
Sprint Expands the Sprint Power Vision Network
Sprint offers the most wireless broadband coverage of any carrier through its Power Vision(SM) Network (EV-DO), which reaches more than 174 million people nationwide as of Nov. 17, covering over 219 communities with at least a 100,000 population as well as 673 airports. The Power Vision network allows users to access audio, video and data applications with handheld and connection card devices.
Sprint is the only carrier to begin rolling out an EV-DO Revision A network and expects to cover 21 markets where more than 40 million people live and work by the end of 2006 and upgrade its entire Power Vision Network to the faster EV-DO Revision A technology by Q3 2007. The faster data rates provided by EV-DO Revision A can enable richer applications and services, such as high-speed video telephony, music on demand, video messaging, large file uploads and high performance push-to-talk capability.
Power Network Coverage Tool Provides Unique View
In October, Sprint launched its Power Network Coverage Tool to help customers view detailed coverage maps down to the street address level. By entering an address or zip code, customers can see the availability of wireless coverage and the network signal strength on the Nextel National Network(SM), Nationwide Sprint PCS Network or Sprint Power Vision Network. Customers can also view the location of recently added cell sites in many areas. The tool, available at www.sprint.com/coverage and at self-service touch-screen kiosks at hundreds of Sprint Nextel retail stores, is simple to use and helps set network coverage expectations for customers before signing up for wireless service.
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 more than 51 million customers at the end of third quarter 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.
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