Verizon Wireless Expands Network Capacity, Enhances Service in Laurel and West Laurel, Maryland

Verizon Wireless Expands Network Capacity, Enhances Service in Laurel and West Laurel, Maryland

Network Upgrade Uses Latest Technology to Increase Call-Handling Capacity

November 19, 2001




Verizon Wireless has completed work that increases by 33 percent the number of calls its extensive wireless network can handle for customers in Laurel and West Laurel, Maryland by deploying the latest code division multiple access (CDMA) digital call handling equipment.

For customers, the network upgrade means improved voice service and fewer blocked calls.
"With this wireless network upgrade, we're providing our local business and consumer customers with the technology and capabilities they've been asking for," said Patrick Devlin, president of Verizon Wireless' Washington-Baltimore-Virginia Region.

Customer growth, greater usage due to high value pricing like SingleRateSM national and
regional calling plans, and the popularity of its Mobile Web wireless Internet services are driving the local demand for the company's wireless services. Staying ahead of the wireless growth curve requires continuing network expansion and enhancements.

Verizon Wireless is investing more than $200 million in its network in the Washington-Baltimore-Virginia region as part of the company's nationwide $4 billion network improvement program in 2001 to offer customers service on the most extensive wireless network in the U.S.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28.7 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular and GTE Wireless. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.