FirstEnergy enhances communications system


Ohio 2Akron, Ohio, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — November 20, 2006 – FirstEnergy Corp., an energy company with headquarters in Ohio, U.S., has installed a fully integrated digital wireless communications solution which will also allow remote automation of fixed assets such as advanced metering and telemetry. FirstEnergy will use Sprint Nextel voice services, including Nextel Direct Connect, as it moves from its current private radio network to the Nextel National Network.

The new system will allow utility personnel to carry just one device for all voice and data communications, rather than separate pagers, cell phones and radios. It also has the potential to allow FirstEnergy to address its field force wireless enablement needs.

“For our energy delivery operations, Sprint Nextel meets our wireless needs by providing utility-grade communications in a cost-effective manner,” says Charles E. Jones, FirstEnergy’s senior vice president, Energy Delivery & Customer Service. “The functionality of Nextel Direct Connect will help us facilitate instant communications between our employees across our Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey service areas.”

The Nextel National Network was chosen for primary voice and dispatch service across six FirstEnergy service territories, because it was more cost-effective to use the Nextel Direct Connect service rather than update the company’s multiple land mobile radio (LMR) systems. The Sprint Custom Network Solutions team will also provide in-building solutions, bringing additional network coverage for numerous company facilities.