Verizon Wireless Doubles Calling Capacity in Marshall with New Digital Systems

MARSHALL, VA — Verizon Wireless has completed work that more than doubles the number of calls its extensive wireless network can handle for customers in Marshall.

The company has deployed additional digital call handling equipment at its cell site on John Marshall Highway. The new capacity and coverage will mean improved service and fewer blocked calls for customers living or traveling in the area.

"With this significant wireless network upgrade, we're providing our local business and consumer customers the technology and capabilities they've been asking for," said Patrick Devlin, president of Verizon Wireless' Washington-Baltimore-Virginia Region.

The new systems, known as 'carriers,' use code division multiple access or CDMA digital wireless technology. CDMA digital handsets transmit at much lower power levels than analog phones for significantly longer battery life and talk time, and provide customers advanced wireless services such as Internet access and text messaging.

Verizon Wireless is investing more than $200 million in its network in the Washington-Baltimore-Virginia region as part of the company's nationwide $4 billion network improvement program in 2001 to offer customers service on the most extensive wireless network in the U.S.

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