MIDDLEFIELD, OH — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has expanded the national rollout of its high-speed wireless network to portions of Geauga County including the towns of Huntsburg, Newbury, Middlefield, Auburn Corners and Parkman.
"This is a vital area with dynamic, tech-savvy business people, students, visitors and residents who want to stay connected," said Roger Tang, president Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia region, Verizon Wireless. "The launch of our broadband network here provides our customers with access to the very latest wireless technology."
With the wireless broadband network now available, Verizon Wireless customers in the area can enjoy two prime services:
- BroadbandAccess, the enhanced high-speed wireless service that equips Verizon Wireless' business customers with a truly untethered mobile office experience, enabling them to wirelessly access their calendars, the Internet, e-mail and critical business information residing behind their companies' firewalls; and
- V CAST, a consumer-oriented multimedia service that gives customers access to the most comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos and the coolest 3D games found anywhere.
BroadbandAccessBased on Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) network technology, BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers with the ability to access their corporate information as if they were attached to this data via a high-speed wired connection but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, the service enables large enterprises, small- to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.
With BroadbandAccess, business customers, residents and visitors to the area can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps. That means they can download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds.
Customers who travel outside the enhanced BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to the company's NationalAccess service.
"Our enhanced BroadbandAccess service gives our customers three key advantages in wireless communication speed, mobility and security," Tang said. "With these advantages comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits."
V CAST: Video and MusicThe company's wireless broadband network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, which offer customers the ability to download full-song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their handsets with top transmission speeds. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of on-demand videos, including breaking news, weather updates, sports highlights and the hottest entertainment clips.
Coverage and InvestmentVerizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess and V CAST coverage in Ohio now includes the following communities:
- In Huntsburg, along Chardon Windsor Road, as far east as Clay Street and as far west as Kile Road. New coverage is available as far north as Sisson Road and Hautala Road and as far south as Huntley Road;
- In Newbury, along Pekin Road as far east as State Highway 44 and as far west as Bass Lake Road; and along State Highway 44 as far north as Butternut Road and as far south as Kinsman Road;
- In Middlefield, along State Highway 87, as far east as State Highway 528 and as far west as Woodsong Drive and also along State Street for approximately one mile north and south of the intersection with State Highway 87;
- In Auburn Corners, along Interstate 422 as far east as the Cuyahoga River and as far west as Shaw Road, and along Rapids Road as far north as Interstate 422 and as far south as Winagle Road;
- In Parkman along Interstate 422, State Highway 88, State Highway 168 and McCall Road.
The multi-million dollar expansion includes the installation of high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout the region. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $45 billion since it was formed $5.5 billion on average every year to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. Last year, the company invested nearly $190 million in its Ohio network improvements.
Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. These communities in Ohio are the latest markets to be added to the coverage.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 67.2 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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.####