Verizon Wireless Adds Cell Tower Near Wichita Falls, Texas

WICHITA FALLS, TX — As part of a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service in and around Wichita Falls, Texas, Verizon Wireless — the nation's leading provider of wireless communications — expanded its network with a new cell tower in the area during the second quarter of 2003.  Verizon Wireless has activated a total of 95 cell towers in Texas since January.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


The new cell tower, which will enhance coverage in and around Wichita Falls, is located near Cookietown on Interstate Highway 44 between Walters and Burkburnett.  The cell site will provide coverage from south Walters to Burkburnett, and between Wichita Falls and Lawton.


Verizon Wireless has invested more than $8 billion nationwide in network development during the past two years.  Network expansion in the Wichita Falls area is a result of Verizon Wireless' ongoing efforts to enhance its digital network — the largest in the United States — and improve its coverage and call reliability in Texas, said David McCarley, executive director of network for Verizon Wireless' Texas Region. 


"The performance of our digital network is a key reason Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless service provider in the nation," McCarley said.  "The activation of a new tower in the Wichita Falls area demonstrates our commitment to providing the nation's highest-quality wireless network to customers in Texas." 


Recent network enhancements in Texas will benefit all customers, especially those on the carrier's Texas Local DigitalChoiceSM plan, which makes every call in Texas a local one with no roaming or long distance charges.


About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications.  The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 33.3 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