Californians Talking More. Minutes Of Use On Verizon Wireless' Network Up 63 Percent Since 2004

WALNUT CREEK, CA — Verizon Wireless invested more than $715 million to enhance its California voice and data wireless network in 2006. That's an average of more than $1.9 million per day invested to provide customers with the reliable, high quality service they expect from Verizon Wireless. That reliability, supported by back-up generators and a fleet of temporary cell sites, was highlighted in 2006 by the performance of the company's network during the multiple wildfires in California.

The company's investment in its California network since 2000 now totals more than $4 billion.

The multi-million investment includes adding and updating cell sites to improve call quality and enable customers to make more simultaneous calls, as well as the expansion of the company's Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) broadband wireless data network in California.

More specifically, the network investments made last year in Northern California are delivering:

Expanded coverage and call capacity

  • Following the purchase of Cal North Wireless, Verizon Wireless integrated 49 sites into its network. The new market encompasses Del Norte, Siskiyou, Trinity, and Humboldt Counties. Coverage area includes Crescent City, Trinidad, Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna, Rio Dell, and Garberville along Highway 101. Coverage also spans portions of Interstate 5 including Dorris, Yreka, and Weed. On Highway 3, coverage includes Fort Jones and Weaverville.
  • Capacity additions to many cell sites helped network capacity keep pace with demand. According to the first Big City Wireless Use Study by Verizon Wireless, Fresno and San Jose ranked among the top 20 U.S. cities whose residents made and received an average of more than 200 calls per month.
  • Key new cell sites expanded the size of the company's voice and EV-DO broadband wireless data network in:
    • Angwin: Pacific Union College and town of Angwin
    • Bakersfield:
      • Tejon Pass, along I-5 from the Lebec off ramp, north of the town of Gorman and along Frazier Park Road
      • Residential area of Haggin Oaks, as well as surrounding businesses, shopping areas, and various corporate offices. Includes the California State University campus
    • Chico: Central Chico along Valabroza Road, including Chico Mall, Police Department and Municipal Facility
    • Daly City:
      • Serramonte Shopping Center and the surrounding area
      • Spans north to San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, south to Hwy 280 and Hwy 1, and West to Hwy 35. Includes the Lake Merced Golf Club and Westlake Shopping Center
    • Fort Baker: Along Highway 101, north to the Waldo Tunnel and south to the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge
    • Los Gatos: Downtown Los Gatos
    • Mammoth Lakes:
      • Near Mammoth High School and surrounding area, including Old Town Mammoth.
      • Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, including mountain slopes and the Main and Canyon Lodges
    • Martinez: Northern Pleasant Hill
    • San Francisco: Along Lombard Street and Fillmore Street, including eastern portion of the Marina District
    • Santa Barbara: Along Cliff Drive and Las Positas Road
    • Santa Cruz:
      • Residential areas around the coast near Lighthouse Field State Beach
      • Pasatiempo along Highway 17
    • South San Francisco: Point San Bruno Industrial Area, north to Oyster Point Boulevard, east to the Bay, south to Little Field Ave. and West to Hwy 101
    • Stockton: Along West Lane

Most reliable wireless network in the nation

  • Deployment of a Cell on Wheels (COW) mobile cell site to provide wireless communications service to firefighters during numerous wild fires in California in 2006.
  • Deployment of a Cell on Light Truck (COLT) mobile cell site to provide wireless communications service to the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California.
  • Completion of a new state-of-the-art switching center in Bakersfield that processes voice and data communication for customers who live in and travel through California's Central and South Valleys.
  • Deployment of additional equipment to provide backup power in the event of a commercial power failure.

New wireless technologies

  • Expansion of the company's wireless broadband network in the state means more customers have access to innovative new services based on Global Positioning System (GPS) data. ChaperoneSM gives parents new tools to help identify the whereabouts of phones they've given to their young children. VZ NavigatorSM provides wireless turn-by-turn driving directions, maps and addresses. And Field Force Manager allows businesses to map the location of field employees and jobs in near real-time.

The company has invested $35 billion in the last seven years — $5 billion on average every year since the company was formed — to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. Network investment for 2007 is already underway, and includes the launch of Rev A, the company's enhanced wireless broadband network, in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno and Bakersfield. The enhanced 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 northern California in late 2006.

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 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