Previous | Next

Back to IT100
Home Page >>

The Information Technology 100


Nextel Partners

This wireless operator sells Nextel's walkie talkie-like phones in midsized markets from the Florida Panhandle to the Hawaiian Islands. Nextel Communications established this company in 1998 as an affiliate and retains a 32% ownership stake. Nextel Partners has plenty of room to grow in these new markets. Revenues over the last 12 months rose by 31%, to $1.46 billion.

After Nextel's pending merger with Sprint, Nextel Partners shareholders can vote to meld their company into the larger one.

Company Info

Revenues* $1.5 BILLION
Revenue Growth 31.0%
Return on Equity 81.3%
Total Return45.6%
Profits* $106.8 MILLION
All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.

* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.

Data provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek

  Related BW Stories

Dialing Into Wireless Stocks

Wireless' Quick-Shrink Act

Telecom Services' Wide Appeal

Company Snapshot

Nextel Partners, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, Nextel Partners Operating Corporation, provides integrated wireless digital communications services to midsize and rural markets in the United States. It offers wireless services in a single wireless handset. These services include international and nationwide direct connect, digital cellular voice, short messaging, and cellular Internet access. The company’s direct connect service, a digital walkie-talkie service, enables customers to connect with business associates, family, and friends without placing a phone call. Its digital cellular services include advanced calling features, such as speakerphone, conference calling, voicemail, call forwarding, and additional line service. Nextel’s short messaging service utilizes Internet to keep customers connected to clients, colleagues, and family with text, numeric, and two-way messaging. Its online services provide customers with access to the worldwide Web and Web-based applications, such as e-mail, address books, calendars, and Java enabled business applications. As of December 31, 2004, the company had approximately 1.6 million digital handsets in service. The company has a strategic alliance with Nextel Communications, Inc. Nextel was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in Kirkland, Wash.

No. of Employees


Data provided by Capital IQ
John Chapple

John Chapple

AGE: 51


President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

CEO Bio >

Total Compensation*


Total Value of Options**

$ 16.9 MILLION

Degrees Held

Syracuse University (BA)

* Latest available fiscal year
** The sum of the net value of options exercised and held in the latest available fiscal year

Key Executives

John Chapple, Barry Rowan, David Aas, Mark Fanning, Donald Manning, James Ryder, Philip Gaske

Board Members

John Chapple, Adam Aron, Steven B. Dodge, Timothy Donahue, Arthur W. Harrigan, Jr., James N. Perry, Jr., Caroline H. Rapking, Dennis M. Weibling

Data provided by Capital IQ
Learn More