LAREDO, TX — Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, continued to enhance its digital network in Texas by activating a new cell site in Laredo in the first quarter of 2004. The cell site expansion is part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless voice and data services, including two-way text messaging, picture messaging and Internet access. Verizon Wireless invested more than $194 million in its Texas network in 2003.
"Over the last three years, Verizon Wireless has invested roughly one billion dollars every 90 days -- more than $12 billion -- in its nationwide network, offering customers access to the most extensive wireless voice and data network in the United States," said David McCarley, executive director of network for Verizon Wireless in Texas. "In Texas alone, we've added 50 new cell sites in the first 100 days of 2004."
As part of its commitment to provide customers with the highest quality of service, Verizon Wireless activated a new cell site in the Laredo Coliseum, providing wireless coverage to the Coliseum facility and enhancing coverage on Loop 20 between Texas A&M, the airport, and Casa Blanca in Laredo.
In addition to providing the nation's largest and highest-quality digital network, Verizon Wireless offers NationalAccess, a nationwide high-speed wireless data network, providing fast wireless Internet service with bursts up to 144 kilobits per second (kbps). NationalAccess gives users full Internet access, intranet access and traditional e-mail functionality on their laptop at unprecedented speeds for wireless access. Users can expect average speeds between 40 and 60 kbps, significantly higher than speeds being produced by competing technologies and comparable to, if not faster than, using dial-up Internet service.
In select markets, Verizon Wireless also offers BroadbandAccess, which provides average transfer speeds of 300-500 kbps. Verizon Wireless will roll out BroadbandAccess in key Texas cities in 2004 and 2005.
Test Man Ride-Along ProgramThe specially equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test seven wireless providers, using a computerized program to generate phonically diverse "conversations." If you are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along with a local member of the Verizon Wireless team of real-life test men and women, contact Jimmy Duvall at 972-444-5515 or via email at email@example.com.
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 39 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. To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com/verizonwireless.####