ALPHARETTA, GA — Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the most reliable voice and data network, announced today the continued investment to enhance and expand its network across Georgia. In the second quarter of this year, the company continued its ongoing network investment across the Georgia and Alabama region spending over $142 million to date, adding eleven new cell sites across Georgia. The company continued to expand its Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) third generation (3G) wide-area network and added Revision A (Rev. A) technology to the cities of Atlanta, Albany, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Savannah, Macon/Warner Robins and more. Now wireless customers in those areas have access to e-mail, everyday corporate data, the Internet and more at faster speeds, and upload files eight to nine times faster than before. The enhanced wireless broadband network provides Verizon Wireless customers faster access to two of the company's flagship services: BroadbandAccess, the company's enhanced high-speed wireless service geared toward mobile professionals and business customers; and V CAST, a consumer-oriented multimedia service that offers music and cutting-edge 3D games, and news, entertainment, music, weather and sports videos.
In the second quarter of 2007, new cell towers were added in the following Georgia cities:
- Alpharetta: Two new cell sites provide increased capacity in the Alpharetta area. Now, the network can better handle traffic on the west side of Hwy 9 near downtown Alpharetta, Rucker Road, Milton Avenue and Wills Road. And coverage is increased in the new shopping center at Windward Pkwy and McGinnis Ferry Road as well as in the office parks on Old Alpharetta Road and the many subdivisions in this area.
- Augusta: A new site strengthened coverage to the residential and retail areas in the William Few Pkwy area northwest of Evans.
- Bainbridge: A new site provides coverage and capacity enhancements to the areas in town of Bainbridge and the areas to the northeast along Vada Rd.
- Blue Ridge: A new site extends coverage south on Blue Ridge Lake and south along Aska Road.
- Cleveland: A new site strengthened coverage north of Cleveland along Hwy 129.
- Dahlonega: A new site extends coverage on Highway 19 north of Dahlonega.
- Evans: A new site strengthened coverage along Washington Road NW of Evans as well as improved residential and highway coverage in the area.
- Roswell: A new site strengthened coverage along Coleman Road, Hwy 120 and Willeo Roads, and Pine Grove/Shallowford Road areas.
- Thomasville: A new site provides coverage to the towns of Beachton and Moncrief and along Hwy 319 south of Thomasville.
- Thomaston: A new site provides coverage and capacity enhancements in the downtown Thomaston.
In addition, increased capacity was added to existing towers in the following Georgia cities, allowing for more call completions and greater call quality: Atlanta, Calhoun, Chatsworth, Dublin, Ellijay, Blairsville, the area along US 411 near the GA/TN border, Calhoun, Brewers and Elberton.
"We've made large-scale investments throughout Georgia to provide our customers with a network that is reliable and that provides the most advanced services and technologies," said Jeff Mango, President Verizon Wireless Georgia/Alabama Region. "Georgians are tech-savvy and demand the very best in wireless products and services but none of it matters unless the network is reliable, which is why we'll continue to invest in delivering the best wireless network for voice and data."
The company's 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. Verizon Wireless has invested $40 billion in the last seven years more than $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. The company's most reliable wireless network claim is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women who inspired the company's national advertising campaign. These engineers conduct more than 3 million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data test annually on Verizon Wireless' and other national carriers' networks while traveling almost 1 million miles in specially equipped, company owned test vehicles.
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About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 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.####