Verizon Wireless Expands Service Coverage In Vicinity Of Brookhaven National Labs

Verizon Wireless Expands Service Coverage In Vicinity Of
Brookhaven National Labs

July 5, 2001



Verizon Wireless has expanded service coverage in Suffolk County with two new cell sites on the Brookhaven National Labs property.

"The new cell sites will provide customers who live in and travel through these areas with greater wireless network coverage and increased clarity when making wireless calls," said Heidi Hemmer, Verizon Wireless Director of Engineering in metropolitan New York.

One site, located on the northern part of the Brookhaven National Labs property, improves coverage on sections of Route 25, William Floyd Parkway and the Long Island Expressway.

The other site is located on the southwest corner in Upton and enhances wireless calling on the Long Island Expressway between exits 66 and 70, on William Floyd Parkway between Routes 25 and 27, and on the Labs property.

The new sites are part of a $4 billion investment program this year to improve and extend the reach of the Verizon Wireless nationwide network. More than $300 million of that investment is being used to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless products and services in the New York Metro area.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with 28 million wireless voice and data customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. The company has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, 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.