Verizon Wireless Expands EVDO Across Tennessee
High-Speed Network Gives Verizon Wireless Customers Access to Fast Wireless Internet, Email, Mobile Music, Videos and More NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 30 -- Verizon Wireless announced today that it spent over $78 million to enhance voice and data services and coverage throughout Tennessee in the first six months of 2008. The state's leading wireless provider now covers all 95 counties and approximately 41,898 square miles across the state thanks to the investment of nearly $634.5 million in Tennessee since 2003.
The investment is part of Verizon Wireless' aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand in Tennessee for the company's superior voice and data services and to help ensure the Tennessee network is ready when severe weather hits.
Major areas of improvement across Tennessee since January include:
-- New voice and wireless broadband coverage areas in East Tennessee including Gate City VA on US23/US58, Abingdon VA on US19/US58A, Mountain City on SR 67, US421/SR34 toward Bristol; US 421 toward TN-8, US19E/SR37 from Hampton to the North Carolina border.
-- New coverage in the East Tennessee towns of Ewing, Jonesville, Dryden, Norton, Wise, Grundy and Glade Spring, Roan Mountain, Shady Valley, VA towns of Clinchport and Duffield.
-- New voice and wireless broadband coverage in the Greater Knoxville including the towns of Birchwood and Loudon, SR 60 between Georgetown, Dayton and Birchwood Pike (SR312), Loudon on SR72; US11 towards the SR324 junction, Highway 92 between Jefferson City and Rutledge, Highway 321 to 411, Highway 321 to 129 and Highway 321 (between Newport and Cosby, New Market and Morristown, Friendsville and Maryville).
-- New voice and wireless broadband coverage in West Tennessee including downtown Dyersburg, US 51 (between Memphis and Dyersburg), Jackson (South to Mississippi state line and East on I-40 to the Tennessee River), Tunica, Mississippi area (including I-69, I-55 and US 301) and town of Eudora. Memphis area including Bailey Station, Holmes Road, Center Hill Road and the residential area of Forrest Wind.
The network enhancement enables more Verizon Wireless customers to use their wireless phones to make calls; send and receive e-mail and text, picture and video messages; and download games and ring tones while enjoying superior wireless coverage.
Part of the $78M investment has been toward the statewide activation of its high-speed Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) network. The enhanced network provides high-speed business and entertainment-based services on wireless phones, laptops and other wireless devices with Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess and V CAST multimedia services.
Today, over 95 percent of Tennessee residents have access to Verizon Wireless' high-speed broadband service, an increase of over 22 percent since 2007. Verizon Wireless' 3G high-speed BroadbandAccess Network is currently available in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Cookeville, Clarksville, Dyersburg, Jackson, Knoxville, Martin, McMinnville, Memphis, Nashville, Tazewell, Tri-Cities and Union City.
"By continually investing in Tennessee, we can maintain excellent call quality and provide the best wireless service available," said Jerry Fountain, president of Verizon Wireless' Carolinas/Tennessee region. "Customers choose Verizon Wireless and stay with us, because they know they'll get wireless service they can depend on."
Network tests in the first half of 2008 indicate that the investment to further boost network strength is working for customers. Teams of "Test Man" technicians perform the testing daily (the inspiration for the famous TV Test Man ad campaign) and have traveled approximately 17,063 miles across Tennessee so far this year. The test teams ride in special vehicles loaded with computers, wireless phones and other equipment to measure and ensure strength and reliability versus other carriers.
"Making sure that residents and tourists have reliable service in the Volunteer State requires a significant investment and dedication of our network technicians and engineers," Fountain said. "We'll continue the ongoing commitment and investment in Tennessee to serve our customers and communities for a long time to come."