September 25, 2006

Significant Nextel Network enhancements made as part of a $7 billion wireless and wireline investment nationwide

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. — 09/25/2006

Sept. 21, 2006 –Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) today announced enhancements to its Nextel Network in the greater Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee and throughout the country," said J W Penland, area vice president for Sprint Nextel in Illinois and Wisconsin. "We strive to make our wireless service the best where our customers live, work, travel and play."

The following is a detailed list of the areas improved by these enhancements to the Nextel Network:

  • North Janesville at US 14 and US 51
  • North side of Madison in the area of DeForest
  • Improved coverage in Pewaukee and along I-94 and N. Grandview Blvd.
  • Improved coverage in Kenosha in the area of Sheridan Rd. and Lakeshore Drive
  • Mt. Horeb extending east providing service to Verona and Mineral Point
  • Increased coverage in the growing industrial areas of Sun Prairie and connecting coverage to Waterloo, Vilas, Lake Windsor and on Hwy. 151 to Columbus
  • Improved coverage that will connect Colgate with Richfield, Menomonee Falls, Sussex and North Lake
  • Town of Bayside and surrounding community with connecting coverage along I-43 to Mequon Fire, east to Lake Michigan, south to Glendale and west to Brown Deer
  • Town of Jefferson and surrounding area
  • Improved coverage in Cottage Grove
  • Improved coverage around I-43 and SR 36

Sprint plans to invest $7 billion in its wireless and wireline networks nationwide in 2006.

"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," Penland 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.

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