DALLAS, TX — Verizon Wireless customers in Texas can now access e-mail, everyday corporate data, the Internet and more at faster speeds, and upload files five to six times faster than before as Verizon Wireless rolls out the next-generation of its high-speed broadband network to more than a dozen major metropolitan areas throughout the state. Based on CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) technology, the enhanced wireless broadband network provides Verizon Wireless customers with data uplink speeds significantly faster than the company's award-winning national EV-DO network, which the company rolled out in Texas from 2004 to 2006.
The faster network coverage area includes Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Sherman/Denison, Wichita Falls, Waco, Temple/Killeen and Bryan/College Station. Also benefiting from the new Rev. A technology are Longview, Tyler, Port Arthur, Corpus Christi, Beaumont, Victoria, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. In Austin, where EV-DO broadband service was first introduced in Texas, the high-speed network should be available before April 1.
The company's existing EV-DO network enables customers to access BroadbandAccess on their laptops, e-mail on their PDAs, and V CAST Video and Music on their wireless phones. The company's national wireless broadband network, the first in the nation, is already available to more than 200 million Americans in 242 major metropolitan areas and 180 major airports from coast to coast.
"Last year, we focused on expanding our high-speed wireless broadband network throughout the state in order to provide the very best in wireless business and entertainment," said Luis M. Cruz, region president for Verizon Wireless. "With Rev. A launching in more than 20 Texas cities, we are now taking that commitment to the next level, enabling significantly faster uplink speeds."
The company's flagship business data service, BroadbandAccess, will run faster and more efficiently with the new network enhancements. Customers in enhanced coverage areas can take advantage of upload speeds that are five to six times faster than with the company's existing wireless broadband network, plus interact with Web-based applications with improved latency for a better customer experience. For example, BroadbandAccess customers in enhanced wireless broadband coverage areas can expect average download speeds of 450-800 kilobits per second (kbps) and average upload speeds of 300-400 kbps, which translates to being able to download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file in less than 15 seconds and upload the same size file in less than 25 seconds. The enhanced network coverage areas allow Verizon Wireless customers to download files approximately six times faster than customers of wireless service providers who use non-EV-DO technology.
The first two devices from Verizon Wireless that take advantage of faster speeds provided by these new network enhancements are the new compact USB720 wireless modem and the AirCard 595 PC Card from Verizon Wireless, which are fully compatible and backward compatible with the company's enhanced and existing wireless broadband networks and the company's NationalAccess network (based on CDMA 1xRTT technology). Texas customers purchasing either device can get significantly faster upload speeds and improved download speeds when in an enhanced network coverage area. Texas customers interested in purchasing either device can contact a local business sales representative by calling (800) 899-4249 or by visiting their local Verizon Wireless Communications Store. Devices are also available online at www.verizonwireless.com.
For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 59 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 65,000 employees nationwide. The company 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 preview and request 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.####