Verizon Wireless to Invest More Than $550 Million In Its Greater Los Angeles Area Network

Verizon Wireless to Invest More Than $550 Million In Its Greater Los Angeles Area Network

CDMA Digital and Analog Networks - Two Ways to Provide Consistent, Dependable Performance

September 18, 2000


Andrew Colley,

IRVINE, Calif. - Verizon Wireless today unveiled plans to continue to fortify its dual mode, (CDMA digital and analog) network to provide the best wireless service for the rapidly growing five-county, Greater Los Angeles area. The company plans to invest more than $550 million in its Southern California network during 2001. This year, Verizon Wireless is spending a similar sum. This capital investment will not only expand the digital network, but also increase capacity for wireless voice and data services to meet the demand of customers in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

"Today, more Southern Californians rely on Verizon Wireless for their wireless communication needs than any other company," said Regional President Mike Finley. "As AirTouch, we earned numerous awards and recognition over the years, for providing exceptional service to our customers. Now as Verizon Wireless, we are carrying on that tradition with another major investment in our network, which will enhance service for the rapidly growing number of wireless users throughout the Southland."

Verizon Wireless operates two cellular networks under one system in the five-county, Greater Los Angeles area - traditional analog cellular and digital service using CDMA technology - enabling customers with either service to rely on the company's network quality and consistent, dependable performance.

Verizon Wireless' nationwide digital wireless network covers more than 75% of the company's potential customer base. At the same time, Verizon Wireless continues to operate the largest, most ubiquitous analog wireless network in the country. This dual-network advantage allows Verizon Wireless to offer subscribers the enhanced features and quality benefits of the company's CDMA digital network and at the same time provide existing and new customers with superior analog coverage.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 25 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 3.5 million paging 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 (LSE: VOD; NYSE:VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The new company has a footprint covering nearly 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 New York City and Bedminster, NJ, is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media Center on the Web at: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter..