Verizon Wireless Launches EVDO Rev A in Missouri

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Tuesday, 03 April 2007

Verizon Wireless Launches High-Speed Wireless Network Throughout Central Missouri


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Business Professionals and Consumers Can Now Get High-Speed Wireless Internet and E-mail Services, and Can Download Video Clips and Music to Handsets

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Central Missouri residents in the cities of Boonville, Fayette, Higginsville, Marshall, Richmond, Sedalia and Warrensburg can now have access to the Internet and to their e-mail and other data at faster speeds and can access music, 3D games and video on their phones as Verizon Wireless rolls out its high-speed wireless broadband network. With the availability of the new wireless broadband network, Verizon Wireless customers can enjoy two of the company's flagship services: BroadbandAccess, the company's enhanced high-speed wireless service geared toward mobile professionals and business customers; and V CAST, a consumer- oriented multimedia service that offers music and cutting-edge 3D games, and news, entertainment, music, weather and sports videos.


The network expansion into central Missouri enables Verizon Wireless' business customers to experience a truly mobile office experience with BroadbandAccess, giving them access to their calendars, the Internet, e-mail and critical business information residing behind their companies' firewalls.

"Our BroadbandAccess service gives our customers three key advantages in wireless communication: speed, mobility and security," said Mark Crumpton, president, Kansas/Missouri region, Verizon Wireless. "With these advantages comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits."

BroadbandAccess offers true mobility with the connection speeds of a high- speed wired connection. Developed with a range of users in mind, the service enables large enterprises, small- to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection. Business customers can access information when they are on the road - at customer locations, hotels or in taxis - with BroadbandAccess.

Customers in wireless broadband coverage areas can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps, which means customers can download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment - the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file - in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds. In addition, customers who travel outside the BroadbandAccess coverage area will switch seamlessly to the fastest Verizon Wireless network available, whether it is the wireless broadband network or the network that operates the company's NationalAccess service.

Network and Coverage Area

Verizon Wireless' broadband network is based on CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) technology and provides Verizon Wireless customers in central Missouri with speeds significantly faster than the company's NationalAccess service, which was introduced there in November 2006.

Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess and V CAST coverage area includes the counties of Lafayette, Saline, Howard, Johnson, Pettis and Cooper counties, as well as enhanced coverage in Ray County. Specifically, coverage was extended into the cities of Boonville, Fayette, Higginsville, Marshall, Richmond, Sedalia and Warrensburg.

"These communities in central Missouri are important to us, and we are committed to providing residents from these areas with the best customer experience available," Crumpton said. "The launch of our wireless broadband network here does just that, by providing our customers with access to the very latest wireless technology."

The multi-million dollar expansion entailed installing high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout the region. It is part of an ongoing network investment by Verizon Wireless that has totaled $35 billion nationally in the last seven years - $5 billion on average every year since the company was formed - to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. Last November, the company invested more than $29 million in network and infrastructure to launch service throughout central Missouri, including Columbia and Jefferson City.

Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. These communities in central Missouri are the latest to be added to Verizon Wireless' wireless broadband network coverage area. In Missouri, Verizon Wireless' broadband network is also available in the Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbia areas.

Devices and Pricing

Devices that take advantage of Verizon Wireless' wireless broadband network include the new V740 ExpressCard, the compact USB720 wireless modem, the AirCard 595 and PC5750 PC Card, all of which are fully compatible with both the company's wireless broadband network and its NationalAccess network (based on CDMA 1xRTT technology). BroadbandAccess also is available as an integrated option on select notebook and laptop computers.

BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access with a new one- or two-year customer agreement. Verizon Wireless customers with existing voice plans can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess for $59.99 monthly access with a new two-year customer agreement.


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