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Nextel to Deploy Higher Speed Data Technology

Nextel to Deploy Higher Speed Data Technology

(November 14, 2003) - Nextel plans to 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.

"With a modest investment in WiDEN, we will enhance our ability to serve mobile workers who require PDA and PC-based applications," said Nextel executive vice president and COO Tom Kelly. 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.

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