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Nextel innovating to corner the wireless business market
01 March 1999
Nextel Communications is a leading wireless operator in the US. The company has built up one of the largest digital national wireless networks. An innovative operator, it had 2,000,000 subscribers by June 1998 and plans to double this number by the end of 1999. Chairman & CEO Dan Akerson talks to Global Telecoms Business about the operator's plans.
Nextel Communications is a leading wireless provider in the US.
From an operating standpoint, it is considered to be one of only
three national carriers in the US, along with AT&T Wireless and
Sprint PCS. Nextel is aggressively targeting the business market.
The company's digital network now covers more than 65% of the
population. It provides service to virtually all the top 100
markets in the US. The company also has a growing portfolio of
international investments with a number of operations in Latin
America and the Asia Pacific.
Nextel has gained a reputation for innovation, following the
launch of its "Direct Connect" service. This enables the user to
speak with one person or more at the touch of a button on a Nextel
phone. It allows someone access to co-workers instantly to direct
projects and meetings at very low cost. This form of instant
communication makes this product one of the...
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