Verizon Wireless Upgrades Network In Rockingham, Augusta And Highland Counties

Verizon Wireless Upgrades Network In Rockingham, Augusta And Highland Counties

Network Upgrade Uses Latest Technology to Double Call-Handling Capacity

May 11, 2001



Verizon Wireless today announced its customers in Rockingham, Augusta and Highland Counties will see an improvement in the quality of their wireless phone service following the company's installation over the weekend of the newest digital radio equipment.

The new equipment uses the latest code division multiple access (CDMA) digital technology to double the call-handling capacity of the network. Customers will notice immediate improvements including fewer blocked calls and greater call clarity. In addition, with CDMA digital handsets, customers enjoy significantly longer battery life and talk time, and access to advanced wireless services such as Internet access and text messaging.

The project is one of several Virginia cornerstones of a $4 billion nationwide program to increase the capacity and digital coverage of the Verizon Wireless network.

CDMA digital wireless service transmits calls as a series of binary ones and zeroes for greater call clarity, as opposed to continuous radio waves transmitted by analog service, and each call is encoded for superior wireless security. "With this significant wireless network upgrade, we're providing our local business and consumer customers with the technology and capabilities they've been asking for," said Patrick Devlin, president of Verizon Wireless' Washington-Baltimore-Virginia Region. "Digital subscribers will notice an immediate difference in the quality of their calls."

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 27 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.