SMYRNA, Del. -- Verizon Communications recently has invested more than $260,000 to expand and modernize its local telephone network in the Smyrna area
of Kent County. This represents one of the company's major capital projects in Kent County last year.
Verizon installed fiber-optic cable and electronic equipment along U.S. Route 13 and Hickory Ridge Rd. in the Smyrna area, providing increased bandwidth and
reliability for residence and business customers in one of the state's fastest-growing areas. The aerial and underground cables contain a total of 105 fiber miles,
or the total distance if all of the fibers in the cable were placed end-to-end.
"Our mission is ensuring that Delaware's citizens have full access to the opportunities of the new economy," said Joshua W. Martin III, president of
Verizon Delaware. "Verizon is committed to building a telecommunications network that is second to none and to delivering the benefits of advanced
technology to everyone."
Fiber-optic systems use hair-thin glass strands and digital technology to deliver high quality telephone services as well as high-speed/high-capacity voice and data
Martin said Verizon has accelerated its investment in telecommunications infrastructure throughout the First State:
- Investment in the company's Delaware network since 1995 exceeds $450 million.
- Miles of fiber in the state increased by 43 percent from 88,827 miles in 1999 to more than 127,000 miles today.
- The company deployed 68 SONET (Synchronous Optical Network) rings in its Delaware network in 2000. SONET rings provide multiple choices of
high-speed voice and data services and are self-healing, automatically rerouting telecommunications transmissions in the event of a service disruption.
- Verizon Online DSL service was launched in Delaware in January 2000. DSL is a high-speed connection to the Internet that enables users to surf the World
Wide Web at speeds much faster than today's fastest analog modems. Today, more than 70,000 Delaware households are able to get Verizon Online
"Telecommunications-intensive information and service sectors have driven Delaware's economy in recent years and are predicted to increase in
importance," Martin said. "Verizon's investment in telecommunications infrastructure will enhance Delaware's ability to stimulate economic growth,
attract new jobs and businesses and provide the opportunity to shape our state's future in the 21st century."
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, is one of the world's leading providers of communications services.
Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with more than 101 million access line equivalents and
more than 27 million wireless customers. A Fortune 10 company with more than 260,000 employees and approximately $60 billion in 1999 revenues, Verizon's global presence extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.