December 28, 2001
Sprint Launches E911 Phase II
Services Across State of Rhode Island
Launch Makes Sprint PCS the First Wireless Carrier to Operate a
Handset-Based Location Technology
- Sprint (NYSE: FON) (NYSE: PCS) , which operates the largest all-digital,
all-PCS nationwide network, today announced the launch of E911 Phase II
services on its network in Rhode Island. These services allow Sprint PCS
customers in Rhode Island to automatically send their location information
to emergency dispatchers when using a Global Positioning System (GPS) phone.
The launch marks the first availability of E911 Phase II services on the
Sprint PCS network and makes Sprint PCS the first wireless carrier in the
country to offer this service with handset-based location technology.
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"More than 139,000 calls to E911 are made each year from wireless phones,"
said Charles E. Levine, Sprint PCS president. "This solution offers Sprint
PCS customers in Rhode Island tremendous benefit in times of their greatest
need -- when calling 911 on their Sprint PCS phone."
Sprint PCS was the first and only wireless carrier to meet the Federal
Communication Commission's deadline of selling a GPS-enabled handset when it
introduced the Sprint PCS SPH-N300 by Samsung on October 1, 2001. The
SPH-N300 works today nationwide as a Sprint PCS Phone and supports E911
emergency services available in Rhode Island. The handset is designed to
support E911 emergency services as they are rolled out with local public
safety agencies on a market-by-market basis, and future location-based
services as they become available on the Sprint PCS nationwide network. E911
services cannot be deployed until both the public safety agency requesting
the service and the local telephone company operating the 911 system have
installed the upgrades necessary to support this service.
Sprint PCS is using a handset-based GPS solution to fulfill the requirements
of the Federal Communication Commission's E911 Phase II mandate. Under the
mandate all wireless carriers were required, within six months of a request
from a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), to be able to locate 67 percent
of 911 callers within 50 meters using a handset-based solution or 100 meters
using a network-based solution beginning on October 1, 2001. Because of
technology and administrative hurdles, Sprint PCS, along with the other
major U.S. wireless carriers, was granted a conditional waiver to this
mandate on October 5, 2001 extending the deadlines for compliance.
Sprint is a global communications company serving 23 million business and
residential customers in more than 70 countries. With more than 80,000
employees worldwide and $23 billion in annual revenues, Sprint is widely
recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state of the art
network technologies, including the United States' first nationwide
all-digital, fiber-optic network. Sprint's award-winning Tier 1 Internet
backbone is being extended to key global markets to provide customers with a
broad portfolio of scalable IP products. Sprint's high-capacity, high-speed
network gives customers fast, dependable, non-stop access to the vast
majority of the world's Internet content. Sprint also operates the largest
100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States,
already serving the majority of the nation's metropolitan areas including
more than 4,000 cities and communities.