Sprint Direct Connect Offers More PTT Coverage than Nextel (6/19/12)
Sprint has added more coverage area to its Sprint Direct Connect push-to-talk (PTT) service, creating three times the PTT coverage of its Nextel National Network with the addition of roaming and Sprint 1xRTT coverage areas. Sprint Direct Connect supports broadband capabilities, the latest business productivity applications, social media and multimedia and future push-to-X capabilities on Sprint’s broadband CDMA network.
The launch of 1xRTT and roaming is the latest in a series of enhancements to encourage customer migration from the Nextel network and to appeal to new customers. The broadened U.S. coverage complements Sprint Direct Connect’s recently deployed international connectivity.
“The coverage expansion through roaming and 1xRTT takes Sprint Direct Connect to a new level,” said Uday Patel, director, Sprint Direct Connect Marketing. “To all customers — from first responders who consult with peers across time zones to big businesses that use push-to-talk to communicate with employees on different coasts — the expansion will have instant value.”
Customers will experience the same instant connectivity when a PTT call has been established; however, the initial call setup time will increase slightly if a user is in a 1xRTT area or when roaming.
The expansion of the Sprint Direct Connect network also marks another milestone for Network Vision, Sprint’s nationwide network upgrade. Sprint plans to consolidate multiple network technologies into one seamless network with the goal of increasing efficiency and enhancing network coverage, call quality and data speeds for customers.
Earlier this month, Sprint announced it will decommission its iDEN network as early as June 30, 2013, as part of Network Vision plans. Network Vision is expected to add net economic value for Sprint from reduced roaming costs, cell site reduction, backhaul efficiencies, more efficient use of capital and energy costs savings.
The company already discontinued selling iDEN devices in most channels and will slow distribution further in the months ahead. Sprint will continue to support business customers with iDEN devices as needed during their transition to the Sprint Direct Connect service.
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