NEWARK, Del. -- Verizon Communications has invested more than $500,000 to expand and modernize its local telephone network between
Newark and Marshallton in New Castle County. This represents one of the company's major fiber-optic projects in New Castle County this year.
Verizon has installed more than eight miles of fiber-optic cable and electronic equipment along the Kirkwood Highway between the company's Newark and
Marshallton telephone offices. The underground cables contain a total of 3,499 fiber miles, or the total distance if all of the fibers in the cable were placed end to
This advanced equipment will provide increased high-speed capacity for business customers and will enable future growth of residential services in the Newark
area and communities along the Kirkwood Highway. The fiber-optic cable also will increase the reliability and survivability of Verizon's advanced
"Our mission is ensuring that Delaware's citizens have full access to the opportunities of the new economy," said Joshua W. Martin III, president of
Verizon Delaware. "Verizon is committed to building a telecommunications network that is second to none and to delivering the benefits of advanced
technology to everyone."
Fiber-optic systems use hair-thin glass strands and digital technology to deliver high quality telephone services as well as high-speed/high-capacity voice and data
Martin said Verizon has accelerated its investment in telecommunications infrastructure throughout the First State:
- Investment in the company's Delaware network since 1995 exceeds $450 million.
- Miles of fiber in the state increased by 9.2 percent from 88,827 miles in 1999 to more than 97,000 miles today.
- The company deployed 68 SONET (Synchronous Optical Network) rings in its Delaware network in 2000. SONET rings provide multiple choices of
high-speed voice and data services and are self-healing, automatically rerouting telecommunications transmissions in the event of a service disruption.
- Verizon Online DSL service was launched in Delaware in January 2000. DSL is a high-speed connection to the Internet that enables users to surf the World
Wide Web at speeds much faster than today's fastest analog modems. Today, more than 70,000 Delaware households are able to get Verizon Online DSL.
"Telecommunications-intensive information and service sectors have driven Delaware's economy in recent years and are predicted to increase in
importance," Martin said. "Verizon's investment in telecommunications infrastructure will enhance Delaware's ability to stimulate economic growth,
attract new jobs and businesses and provide the opportunity to shape our state's future in the 21st century."
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