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Sprint Enhances Network, Expands Coverage Throughout Greater Pittsburgh Area

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    Sprint Enhances Network, Expands Coverage Throughout Greater Pittsburgh Area

    City of Pittsburgh uses enhanced Sprint network to help keep public safe

    PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 5, 2008--On your mark, get set, now! Whether you are a law enforcement officer, a football, hockey or baseball fan, a student, resident or a business professional, customers in Pittsburgh can now do more with wireless in more places faster than ever.

    The city of Pittsburgh currently uses the Nextel(R) National Network and hundreds of Nextel Direct Connect(R) push-to-talk phones and Blackberry smartphones to facilitate interoperability within different departments and public safety agencies. Sprint (NYSE:S) mobile broadband cards are used by the Pittsburgh Police Department in vehicles to access criminal, Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs), National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and Commonwealth Law Enforcement Area Network (CLEAN) information in the field.

    "The City of Pittsburgh recently installed computers in 200 front-line public safety vehicles. We tested connection cards from all major wireless carriers, and Sprint's coverage out-performed them all, hands down. The push-to-talk functionality has broadened our ability to communicate between departments and other agencies in the event of a disaster," said Howard A. Stern, director and chief information officer for the City of Pittsburgh.

    To help ensure quality network performance, during 2007 Sprint added more than 4,000 cell sites to the Nationwide Sprint Network and Nextel National Network. Both networks are currently performing at their best-ever levels, which means fewer blocked or dropped calls, translating to better connections for customers.

    "In addition to the $31 million that Sprint invested in the greater Pittsburgh area between 2006 and 2007, Sprint expects to continue to enhance its networks and meet the demand for extensive mobile broadband coverage across the nation," said Bill Toth, vice president of northeast region field engineering and operations for Sprint. "Sprint is constantly working to enhance the performance of its networks throughout Pennsylvania and across the United States."

    Of the 238 new cell sites that Sprint added to its network in Pennsylvania during 2007, 68 were constructed in the greater Pittsburgh area. Sprint customers in the Pittsburgh area can take advantage of the recent enhancements in the following areas:

    Public Access Areas:

    * Mellon Arena
    * PNC Park
    * Heinz Field
    * Pittsburgh International Airport

    Major Highways:

    * I-79/I-279 split in Franklin Park from Mt. Nebo to Wexford exits
    * I-79 south from Washington, Pa. to W. Va./Pa. border
    * I-70 west from Wheeling, W. Va. to Barnesville, Ohio

    US Highways Rt. 2 & 7 between East Liverpool, Ohio and Wheeling, W. Va.

    US Highway Rt. 422 between Butler, Pa. and Indiana

    Local Cities & Towns in Allegheny County:

    Downtown Pittsburgh - The Hill District from Mellon Arena to Oakland; including Center Ave., Wylie Ave., and Bedford Ave.

    North Hills - Franklin Park area from Diamond Run to Settlers Walk residential communities, including Nicholson Run Rd. and Rochester Rd.

    Cranberry Township. - At Seven Fields along Rt. 228

    Sewickley Heights - West of I-79 near Mt. Nebo and South to Rt. 65 near the town of Sewickley

    Kennedy Township. & Montour - communities near I-79 near the S-bends

    McCandless - Along McKnight Road and Babcock Blvd. near Passavant Hospital to Rt. 19 near North Allegheny Intermediate High School.

    Fox Chapel - Rt. 28 at RIDC Industrial Park covering areas west into O'Hara Township

    Plum - Along New Texas Rd. covering from Leechburg down to Saltsburg Rd.

    McKeesport - Covering the Penn State University Campus, Renzie Park and surrounding residential areas along Versailles Ave.

    Other Cities & Towns throughout Greater Pittsburgh Coverage Area:

    * McDonald, Pa
    * Burgettstown, Pa.
    * East Liverpool, Ohio
    * Wintersville, Ohio
    * Weirton, W. Va.
    * 84 Pa.
    * Finleyville, Pa.
    * East Washington, Pa.
    * St. Clairsville, Ohio
    * Belle Vernon, Pa.
    * Scenery Hill, Pa.
    * Derry, Pa.
    * Brownsville, Pa. (California College)
    * South Connellsville near Dunbar
    * Donegal, Pa.
    * Perryopolis, Pa.
    * Indiana, Pa.
    * Kittanning, Pa.
    * Saxonburg, Pa.
    * Center Valley, Pa.

    Additionally, Sprint added distributed antenna systems (DAS)* at the Pittsburgh International Airport to improve and enhance wireless coverage.

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