Nine New Cell Towers Activated in Austin, Texas

AUSTIN, TX — To enhance network quality and wireless coverage across Texas, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless service provider, activated nine new cell towers in the Austin area in the fourth quarter of 2003. The new towers will provide customers with improved wireless coverage and capacity, faster data transfer rates, and fewer dropped calls when using a Verizon Wireless handset or data device.

In 2003, the company invested $194 million and activated a total of 217 new towers in Texas, providing customers with access to the most extensive wireless voice and data network in the United States. Over the past three years, Verizon Wireless has invested $12 billion nationwide in network improvements.

"We've seen strong wireless growth in Austin, and the activation of these new cell towers in the area reflects our dedication to anticipating the demands on our wireless network and providing the highest overall quality of service to our customers," said David McCarley, executive director of network for Verizon Wireless' Texas region.

The following cell towers were added to enhance coverage in and around Austin:

  • A new cell tower was activated to provide additional coverage on the north side of Pflugerville off the East Pflugerville loop.
  • Located in Bertram, a cell tower will enhance coverage on Highway 29 between Seward Junction and Burnet.
  • A new cell tower will provide coverage in the far northwest Austin area on County Road 175 between U.S. Interstate 35 and Highway 183, east of Cedar Park.
  • A cell tower was converted to enhance coverage on Highway 290 between Highway 281 and Dripping Springs.
  • Located east of La Grange, a new cell tower completes coverage in La Grange as well as along U.S. Highway 77 and Highway 71.
  • Located near the intersection of Highway 59 and Westpark Road, a new cell tower will improve coverage quality and building penetration in the busy highway corridor.
  • A cell tower was converted to enhance coverage in the community of Round Mountain on Highway 281 between Highway 71 and Johnson City.
  • To increase coverage between Johnson City and Stonewall, a cell tower was converted on Highway 290 west.
  • A new site will provide coverage in the Forest Creek subdivision south of Highway 29 and east of Pflugerville.

"We continue to make significant investments in our network because our customers tell us that network quality is the number one reason they choose Verizon Wireless," said McCarley. "Superior network quality is even more important now that customers can switch wireless service providers and take their number with them."

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