Verizon Wireless To Spend $57 Million In Michigan Repainting 3G Network Map Red

SOUTHFIELD, MI — Verizon Wireless will spend $57 million in 2010 repainting its Michigan map red, adding more capacity to its advanced high-speed 3G network. The enhancements will ensure that Verizon Wireless customers across the state can continue using their wireless devices to access the Internet, view high-quality videos, download music, games and ringtones, and send and receive e-mail.

The project entails installing equipment on hundreds of cell sites across Michigan, thereby increasing data capacity of the network by 26 percent and enabling Verizon Wireless to continue staying ahead of its customers’ strong demand for wireless data services.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $55 billion since it was formed – $5.5 billion on average every year – to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. Since the company was formed in 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $1.4 billion on improvements to its wireless network in Michigan. This $57 million project is part of the company’s overall $200 million investment planned for its Michigan network this year.

About Verizon Wireless in MichiganIn Michigan, Verizon Wireless has more than 2,100 employees and 70 company-owned retail locations in more than 40 cities, including Allen Park, Alpena, Alpine Twp., Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Battle Creek, Bay City, Brighton, Burton, Canton, Clinton Twp., Dearborn, Detroit, East Lansing, Escanaba, Farmington Hills, Fenton, Flint, Fort Gaylord, Gratiot, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Highland Park, Holland, Houghton, Iron Mountain, Jackson, Kentwood, Lake Orion, Lansing, Livonia, Marquette, Midland, Monroe, Muskegon, Northville, Novi, Okemos, Petoskey, Pontiac, Portage, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Saginaw, St. Clair Shores, St. Joseph, Southfield, Taylor, Traverse City, Troy, Utica, Warren and Westland.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit 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.

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