HONOLULU, HI — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, invested more than $9 million in its wireless network in 2003 in Hawaii alone. The capital expenditure was part of Verizon Wireless' aggressive, national network enhancement program, investing $4 billion a year for the last three years. Network upgrades delivered new services, including Picture Messaging, national Push to Talk service, and high-speed wireless data service throughout the country. The enhancements also increased network coverage and call capacity to meet increasing demand for wireless service.
In Hawaii, the enhancements expanded the company's coverage by five percent and increased call capacity by more than 40 percent, enabling the network to handle even more simultaneous voice and data calls. Network usage in Hawaii increased more than 40 percent in 2003 over 2002.
"In Hawaii we continue to work to build upon our industry-leading reputation for network reliability and quality. Now that consumers can switch wireless providers and keep their phone number, this investment gives them one more reason get on and stay on the largest and most reliable network in the country," said Mark Yamauchi, director of Hawaii sales, Verizon Wireless.
Verizon Wireless also introduced a number of new services in 2003, including Picture Messaging, which lets customers snap a picture with their camera phone and send it to another Verizon Wireless customer, any e-mail address or a virtual photo album online. Customers can use the service on their own terms - subscribe to a bundle of picture messages or snap and send on a pay-as-they-go basis. BroadbandAccess service, which the company recently announced will be rolled out nationwide over the next two years, was launched in San Diego, Calif., and Washington, D.C. in 2003. Powered by a third generation (3G) wide-area network, BroadbandAccess service offers businesses and consumers average data speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second (kbps).
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 37.5 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com.####