Verizon Wireless Invests More Than $10 Million To Expand And Enhance Utah Network In 2002

Verizon Wireless Invests More Than $10 Million To Expand And Enhance Utah Network In 2002

New Wireless Data Service Launched for Personal and Business Use

February 18, 2003


Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, invested more than $10 million in 2002 to expand and enhance its wireless network in Utah, and deploy new services such as its Express NetworkSM and Get It NowSM mobile data service. The Utah investment was part of Verizon Wireless' aggressive network enhancement program, which has averaged $4 billion a year for the last two years.

Verizon Wireless' investment has expanded the company's digital coverage in the state by 30 percent and increased capacity to handle even more simultaneous voice and data calls, in keeping with the company's focus on network quality. Network usage in Utah increased about 60 percent in 2002 over 2001.

"Our television Test Man, with his signature 'Can you hear me now? Good.' comment, communicates our commitment to providing customers with the nation's largest and most advanced wireless network," said Kelley Kurtzman, regional president for the Northwest Region, Verizon Wireless. "An expansive, high-capacity voice and data network like ours is essential for reliable service."

Verizon Wireless also introduced a number of new wireless data products and services in 2002, including the high-speed Express Network. Available in 900 cities coast to coast, customers in the greater Salt Lake City, Utah area are now able to send and receive information wirelessly, at speeds comparable to dial-up Internet connections using Express Network. Additionally, Verizon Wireless introduced Get it Now, a data service that enables customers to easily download games, ring tones, entertainment and productivity applications over the air onto their phone, including phones with color screens.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 32.5 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless 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.

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