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Nextel to Deploy Higher Speed Data Technology; WiDEN Designed to Quadruple Packet Data Speeds

RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 14, 2003--Nextel Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTL) announced today that it plans to further enhance its nationwide digital iDEN voice and packet data network by integrating Motorola's WiDEN higher speed data technology, which is designed to quadruple data speeds. Nextel's 2003 investment in the WiDEN technology is reflected in the company's existing 2003 capital expenditure guidance.

"Nextel expects to continue its leadership role in delivering mission-critical wireless data applications to businesses and government customers," said Nextel Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Kelly. "With a modest investment in WiDEN, we will enhance our ability to serve mobile workers who require PDA and PC-based applications." Under the agreement recently reached with Motorola, Nextel expects to deploy the network infrastructure equipment and software necessary to operate the WiDEN technology in the second half of 2004.

Kelly added that Nextel continues to evaluate capabilities, customer demand and cost efficiencies of broadband technologies. "The paramount driver in our decision is whether the technology meets our customers' needs and will provide a return on our investment," said Kelly.

About Nextel

Nextel Communications, a Fortune 300 company based in Reston, Va., is a leading provider of fully integrated wireless communications services and has built the largest guaranteed all-digital wireless network in the country covering thousands of communities across the United States. Nextel and Nextel Partners, Inc., currently serve 293 of the top 300 U.S. markets. Through recent market launches, Nextel and Nextel Partners service is available today in areas of the U.S. where approximately 248 million people live or work.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. A number of the matters and subject areas discussed in this press release that are not historical or current facts deal with potential future circumstances and developments, including plans with respect to the deployment and the performance of the WiDEN technology. The discussion of such matters and subject areas is qualified by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally, and also may materially differ from Nextel's actual future experience involving any one or more of such matters and subject areas. Nextel has attempted to identify, in context, certain of the factors that it currently believes may cause actual future experience and results to differ from Nextel's current expectations regarding the relevant matter or subject area. Such risks and uncertainties include the timely development, delivery and performance of the new technology, competitive conditions, market acceptance of our services, access to sufficient capital to meet operating and financing needs, and economic conditions in our targeted markets, and those that are described from time to time in Nextel reports filed with the SEC, including Nextel's annual reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2002 and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed in 2003. This press release speaks only as of its date, and Nextel disclaims any duty to update the information herein.


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    SOURCE: Nextel Communications Inc.