Verizon Wireless Expands EVDO Rev A across Wyoming

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Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Verizon Wireless Further Expands Voice And Wireless EVDO Rev-A Broadband Service Across Wyoming
Verizon Wireless Adds 10 New Cell Sites and Invests $20 Million in the "Equality State" in 2007

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- From north to south and east to west, Wyoming residents and visitors are making more wireless calls and data transmissions thanks to Verizon Wireless $20 million network investment in 2007. Thats an average of more than $54 thousand per day spent to provide customers in the state with the reliable, high-quality service they expect from Verizon Wireless.

The companys ongoing network investment now totals more than $80 million in Wyoming and $44 billion nationally over the past seven years. The investment delivers enhanced coverage, call quality, network reliability and new services to enable customers to get more done wirelessly.

The upgrades include adding 10 new cell sites, updating many others and further improving backup power capabilities. The multi-million-dollar investment also includes the expansion of the companys Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) broadband wireless data network to Bill, Chugwater, downtown Lander, Evanston, Glenrock, Jackson, Kemmerer, Lusk, Pine Bluffs, Rawlins, Torrington and Wheatland.

More specifically the network investments made last year in Wyoming are delivering:

Expanded coverage and call capacity

  • Ten new cell sites throughout the state, including those that improved coverage in the communities of Gillette, Lander, Rock Springs, Worland and along I-90 near the towns of Rozet and Moorcroft.
  • Network enhancements to keep ahead of the growth in the number of voice and data calls happening at the same time. Growth in voice usage in the past year has topped 10% while wireless data traffic, such as text messaging, e-mail and V CAST Music, increased 180%.

Most reliable wireless network in the nation

  • Verizon Wireless network technicians (who serve as the inspiration for the famous Its the Network ad campaign) traveled approximately 15,000 miles across the state last year. The technicians measure the quality of voice and data calls on the Verizon Wireless network and on other carriers networks.
  • A planned 70,000-square-foot state-of-the-art switching center near Denver that processes voice and data communications for customers who live in and travel through Colorado and Wyoming.
  • Additional generators and other equipment to provide backup power in the event of a commercial power failure.

New wireless technologies and devices

  • More customers across the state can now access high-speed wireless Internet, e-mail, mobile music and more. The high speed data network that enables both BroadbandAccess and V CAST services.
  • The network expansion supported the introductions of many new wireless devices giving customers a comprehensive selection of music, multimedia, e-mail and voice services. In the fourth quarter the company introduced four flagship devices: the Juke by Samsung, the Venus by LG and The Voyager by LG, exclusive to Verizon Wireless; and the BlackBerry® Pearl smartphone.

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