RESTON, Va., Apr 14, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Nextel's Trial in North Carolina's Research Triangle Offers
Unmatched Speeds and Convenient Bundled Services, including E-mail,
Online Disk Storage and Website Traffic
Nextel Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTL) announced today that the
coverage area of its wireless broadband trial, now branded as Nextel
Wireless Broadband(SM) service, has more than doubled since first
launching in February 2004. The coverage area is now approximately
1,300 square miles and extends to Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and
other neighboring communities. This expansion follows several initial
success indicators from the trial, including measuring network speed,
performance and customer response. The service will also begin
accepting paying customers.
"The data speeds of the Nextel Wireless Broadband service are
significantly faster than other wireless broadband offerings," said
Scott Ellison, program director, wireless and mobile communications,
IDC. "Much like how wireless phones began replacing landline phones
once performance became similar, we expect much greater demand for
wireless broadband service now that speeds are comparable to DSL and
cable broadband connections, with the additional benefit of access
while on the go."
Nextel Wireless Broadband service is 50 times faster than dial-up
connections and is accessible via laptop and desktop computers as well
as PDAs. It offers typical downlink speeds of up to 1.5 megabits per
second (mbps) with burst rates of up to 3.0 mbps. Typical uplink
speeds are up to 375 kilobits per second (kbps) with burst rates of up
to 750 kbps.
Nextel Wireless Broadband service is now commercially available at
affordable rates to any of the more than one million people who live
or work in the coverage area. It can be ordered online, via phone or
at local Nextel retail stores. A local marketing and advertising
campaign will begin this week to promote the service.
Nextel's wireless broadband trial is also unique because it offers
turn-key bundled ISP services in addition to access, including
multiple e-mail accounts (up to seven), online disk storage (up to 70
megabytes) and website traffic (up to 300 megabytes per month).
Additionally, it offers public, private and static IP addresses.
High User Satisfaction
Until now, Nextel's wireless broadband trial was limited to a test
group that included local employees of Cisco Systems, Inc., Nortel
Networks and IBM among others. These users have provided very positive
feedback about the value of the service, including quality and
"Nextel Wireless Broadband service is allowing me to be remote, be
productive and be highly accessible to my team and my clients. My job
is very demanding and requires 24-7 access to the Internet and to our
remote support infrastructure. Furthermore, many aspects of my job
require that I leave the office to increase my productivity. I can
even work from my favorite coffee shop with speeds comparable to a
cable modem," said Matt Brown, a Nextel Wireless Broadband service
trial user and director of enterprise integration and database
operations, MercuryMD, Inc.
"Nextel Wireless Broadband service follows me wherever I go with
the immediacy and speed that are critical for my work. For example,
Nextel Wireless Broadband service allowed me to instant message a
six-megabyte presentation directly from my car after I received an
urgent request. I parked on the side of the road in the midst of
gridlock traffic, pulled out my laptop and easily sent the
presentation within minutes," said David Stafford, a Nextel Broadband
service trial user and IT analyst, Cisco Systems.
Pricing and Availability
Nextel Wireless Broadband service is available in four different
price plans to meet users' varying needs such as speed, number of
e-mail accounts and amount of online disk storage. Costs(1) will
-- a monthly service fee (ranging from $34.99 to $74.99 depending
on the plan) and
-- a one-time equipment fee, for either a PC card for laptop
computers or a wireless modem for desktop computers (specially
priced at $100 for early sign-up).
To sign up for the service or for more information including a map
of the coverage in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, visit
www.nextelbroadband.com. Nextel Wireless Broadband service can also be
ordered at 1-877-899-6354 or at local Nextel retail stores (locations
are listed on www.nextelbroadband.com).
Nextel Wireless Broadband service uses Flarion Technologies'
FLASH-OFDM(R) technology, which supplies highly secure broadband
access in addition to fast network speeds. This technology is
Internet-protocol-friendly, which offers the ability to easily connect
to main databases and run applications.
Nextel Wireless Broadband service also provides impressive latency
rates, which allow rapid multi-user exchanges. For example, it
maximizes the results of real-time applications such as multimedia
conferencing and online gaming.
Nextel Communications, a FORTUNE 200 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. Today 95 percent of FORTUNE 500(R) companies are Nextel
customers. Nextel and Nextel Partners, Inc. currently serve 294 of the
top 300 U.S. markets where approximately 250 million people live or
(1) Sales tax not included.
Nortel Networks is a trademark of Nortel Networks.
SOURCE: Nextel Communications Inc.
Nextel Communications Inc., Reston
Chris Grandis, 703-433-3625
Aaron Radelet, 703-433-8246
Paul Blalock, 703-433-4300