Verizon Wireless Expands EVDO Rev A Throughout Upstate New York

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Friday, 01 February 2008

Verizon Wireless Completes Over $160 Million in Upstate New York Network EVDO Enhancements in 2007
100 New Cell Sites Activated Region-Wide; Coverage Coming To Northway in Adirondack Park

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 31 -- Verizon Wireless today announced the completion of more than $160 million in network enhancements in Upstate New York in 2007, including the addition of 100 new cell sites throughout the region. The company also began work on a project to bring wireless coverage to a nearly 50-mile stretch of Interstate 87 between Albany and Plattsburgh. Verizon Wireless is the only company working to bring wireless service to that area.

The regional investment is part of more than $6 billion invested nationwide last year and more than $40 billion invested across the nation in the past seven years. Local network enhancements include adding and upgrading cell sites to improve call handling capacity and quality, increase coverage, and expand wireless broadband services for business and consumer use.

"Investment in our network is an investment in customer satisfaction," said Marquett Smith, president of the company's Upstate New York Region. "An outstanding customer experience begins with connecting and holding calls, and customers continue to choose Verizon Wireless because we have the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network."

Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during 2007 as the company continued to attract new customers -- more than 7 million during the year -- and improved upon its customer retention rates which are the best in the industry.

Bringing coverage to the Northway

In 2007, Verizon Wireless unveiled its plan to bring wireless service to the Northway corridor within the Adirondack Park by building 11 new cell sites in six communities. Four applications were submitted to the Adirondack Park Agency for review before year end and one was approved, the remaining three are awaiting approval. Applications for the remaining cell sites will be submitted upon completion.

Expanding BroadbandAccess coverage

The company expanded BroadbandAccess, its high-speed wireless data service, into the Utica market in October and doubled the size of its existing BroadbandAccess coverage areas in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, and Poughkeepsie markets. These expansions make service available along the entire length of the New York State Thruway from south of Buffalo to the New York City area. The service is also available in Binghamton, Elmira/Corning and Ithaca. The entire BroadbandAccess network was also enhanced to EV-DO Revision A technology in 2007, providing customers across the region access to e-mail, corporate data and the Internet at faster speeds.

Mobile professionals throughout much of New York State can now enjoy an untethered mobile office experience, enabling them to wirelessly access their calendars, e-mail and critical business information residing behind corporate firewalls. V CAST entertainment services have transformed Verizon Wireless phones, allowing local consumers to carry a single multifunctional device providing access to downloadable music, high-quality videos, 3D games and turn-by-turn navigation services.

V CAST TV now playing in Syracuse

In December, Verizon Wireless launched its V CAST Mobile TV service in Syracuse -- the first deployment of the service in Upstate New York -- giving local residents the ability to watch real broadcast-quality television on select mobile TV-enabled handsets.

The company also continued to invest in redundancy capabilities designed to keep the network operating during power outages and in its rigorous quality assurance program - daily testing designed to analyze network reliability and assist the company in targeting improvements.

Verizon Wireless' investment in the Upstate New York region reflects its commitment to offer customers the most reliable wireless service available. The company's 'nation's most reliable wireless network' reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country who inspired the "Can you hear me now" national advertising campaign.

These engineers drive nearly 100 specially equipped vehicles over 240,000 miles on average each quarter on Interstate, U.S. and state highways, as well as major roads and surface streets. Test vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 750,000 voice call attempts and more than four million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.

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