BERWICK, ME — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for Maine residents and visitors to the Pine Tree State, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has expanded its network with eleven new cell sites. The new sites, eight in Lincoln County and three in York County, increase coverage and capacity as follows:
- Boothbay (2 sites): Provides new coverage along ME-27, the northern half of the town of Boothbay, and into downtown Boothbay Harbor. The sites connect with the new Edgecomb and Southport sites to the north and south
- Dresden: Provides new coverage along ME-27, connecting coverage with the new Wiscasset site to the south and existing Gardiner site to the north
- Edgecomb (2 sites): Provides coverage along US-1, ME-27 the southern part of Edgecomb, and into downtown Wiscasset. The sites connect coverage with the new Boothbay and Wiscasset sites to the north and west and existing Newcastle site to the east
- Southport: Provides new coverage along ME-27 as well as in the downtown and northern portions of the town of Southport, connecting coverage with the new Boothbay Harbor site to the north.
- Wiscasset (2 sites): Provides new coverage along US-1, ME-144, and ME-27, connecting coverage with the new Edgecomb site to the south, new Dresden site to the north, and existing Woolwich site to the west.
- Berwick: Provides new coverage along ME-4 and ME-9, connecting coverage with sites in North and South Berwick.
- South Berwick: Provides new coverage along ME-236 and ME-4, connecting coverage with the new Berwick site to the north and existing Eliot site to the southeast.
- Lebanon: Provides coverage into downtown Lebanon, connecting coverage along US-292 with existing sites in Lebanon to the north and Rochester to the south.
This network expansion is part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year (more than $1 billion every 90 days), including well over $300 million in New England in 2005 alone, to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless voice and data services. Verizon Wireless has invested $25 billion--on average $5 billion a year-into its national wireless network over the past five years as part of its commitment to offer customers the most reliable service available, including wireless data services such as Picture Messaging, TXT Messaging, and the company's exclusive V CAST service. V CAST brings TV, music and other multimedia services to wireless phones over Verizon Wireless' high-speed BroadbandAccess network. BroadbandAccess offers customers the nation's largest high-speed wireless broadband network, operating at average speeds between 400 kbps - 700 kbps.
Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the fourth quarter of 2005 as the company added a record-breaking two million net new customers. Verizon Wireless is the leader in wireless customer loyalty. In the fourth quarter of 2005, the company posted a customer turnover rate of 1.2%, well below the rate reported by the other major wireless carriers.
The company's 'most reliable network' reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country who inspired the "can you hear me now" national advertising campaign. These engineers make more than 300,000 call tests monthly on Verizon Wireless' and other national carriers' networks while traveling over 100,000 miles a month in specially equipped, company-owned test vehicles.
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data 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 and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.####