Sprint Prepares its Network for 2013 Presidential Inauguration
Preparations include boosting wireless coverage and capacity for the National
Mall, and providing devices and data services to public safety officials
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- January 10, 2013
With an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 people expected to attend the 2013
Presidential Inauguration, Sprint (NYSE:S) is well prepared to help ensure
customers and public safety officials in Washington, D.C. can seamlessly use
their smartphones, tablets and hotspot devices to talk, text, email, and post
memorable moments to their favorite social media channels.
Sprint has been aggressively preparing for the inauguration since April 2012 –
boosting wireless voice capacity by 25 percent and increasing data capacity by
37 percent for numerous cell sites around the National Mall and downtown
Other Sprint preparations include:
*Deploying three Cell Sites on Wheels (COWs) at key locations near and
around the National Mall – including the Smithsonian National Air and
Space Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – to
further enhance the wireless experience of inauguration attendees.
*Installing in-building repeaters at the Capital Hilton hotel, the
Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel, and The Mayflower Renaissance
Washington DC Hotel to boost wireless coverage throughout these locations
for hotel guests and the venues’ numerous inauguration events.
Between the last inauguration in 2009 and the end of 2011, Sprint has invested
approximately $300 million to further improve the wireless voice and data
experience for customers in the Washington, D.C. market. In 2012, Sprint began
investing significantly in the deployment of Network Vision – Sprint’s program
to deploy an all-new 3G and 4G LTE network. That investment will ramp up even
more in Washington, D.C. in 2013, as Network Vision is scheduled to launch in
the area in the coming months. Some cell sites in the Washington, D.C. metro
area have already been upgraded with Sprint’s new 3G and 4G LTE capabilities,
and Sprint will continue to fill in the market’s overall Network Vision
footprint during the coming months.
“Sprint has a great history of providing reliable and resilient wireless
communications for large-scale events, including the 2009 Presidential
Inauguration, which dramatically broke past attendance records,” said Joe
Meyer, vice president-Network Service Management, Sprint. “And with the
increased use of smartphones, tablets and social media sites since that time,
Sprint has taken even greater measures to ensure Inauguration Day is an
enjoyable wireless experience for all Sprint customers who have traveled from
near and far to attend the commemorative events, and who depend on Sprint’s
network for a truly unlimited data experience.”
Sprint ERT supports public safety officials on Inauguration Day
The Sprint Emergency Response Team (ERT) is also coordinating closely with
various government and enterprise organizations that are supporting the
inaugural events by providing connectivity tools and access to critical
communications networks, including:
*Deploying a Satellite Cell Site on Light Truck (SatCOLT) to provide
augmented and dedicated wireless network coverage, as well as
interoperability among private radio networks completely independent of
the local power, telephone, and terrestrial IP infrastructure.
*Fully charged Sprint Direct Connect and Nextel Direct Connect® devices and
services to first responders, public safety and emergency management
officials for redundant, interoperable communications between the various
*Remote, high-bandwidth Satellite IP Data services to law enforcement for
access to critical situational awareness tools and systems.
*GPS tracking systems for ambulances and para-transit vehicles.
*Sprint ERT Go-Kits™ which provide first responders immediate access to
mobile communications tools for emergencies, including fully charged cell
phones and Sprint Mobile Broadband devices.
*Activation of the government-run Wireless Priority Service (WPS) for
approved agencies. This service is available upon request to first
responders and emergency management personnel for a nominal fee.
Created in 2002, the Sprint Emergency Response Team is a group of seasoned
personnel fully dedicated to providing wireless telecommunications and IP
equipment, infrastructure and operations in support of communications
continuity to military, government, tribal, and enterprise organizations
during natural disasters, National Special Security Events, field training
exercises, emergencies and agency/corporate specific events.
Since its creation, Sprint ERT has conducted more than 5,200 deployments, and
provided emergency wireless support for more than 1,250 events. Anyone seeking
information about services from the Sprint Emergency Response Team should call
1-888-639-0020 or email ERTRequests@sprint.com.
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 served nearly 56 million
customers at the end of the third quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the
first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States;
offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands
including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant
national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1
Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1
among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across
all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in
both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s
greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can
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