ORANGEBURG, NY — Continuing to build on its strategy to provide business and individual customers superior voice and data networks in the United States, Verizon Wireless announced today the launch of BroadbandAccess in the New York metropolitan area on Monday, September 27, 2004. Powered by an Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) third generation (3G) wide-area network, BroadbandAccess commercial service is the fastest wide-area wireless Internet access service available in the nation, with typical user download speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second (kbps). In addition to the New York Metro market, the company announced BroadbandAccess will be available in 13 major metropolitan markets -- including Atlanta; Austin, TX; Baltimore; Kansas City, KS/MO; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL; Milwaukee; Philadelphia; San Diego; Tampa, FL; Washington, D.C. and West Palm Beach, FL -- and more than 20 major airports across the country beginning on Monday.
BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers full access to their corporate information, just as if they were attached via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, BroadbandAccess allows large enterprises, small-medium businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.
In New York City, Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess coverage includes Central Park to the tip of Manhattan and portions of Queens and Brooklyn. In New Jersey, the service now will be available in Newark, including Newark Liberty International Airport, and East Orange, south to Union, and east to Jersey City and Secaucus. By the end of this year, BroadbandAccess will be expanded to include La Guardia and JFK airports in New York. In New Jersey the service will be extended south to New Brunswick, north to Paterson and Paramus, and west to the Morristown area.
In addition to its ongoing annual capital investment program to build network capacity and coverage, Verizon Wireless expects to invest $1 billion through 2005 to deploy its EV-DO technology nationally. For the past four years, Verizon Wireless has committed $4 billion annually to its capital investment program.
"New York area business people have a need for speed, whether they're in the office or on the road," said Charles Hand, regional president, Verizon Wireless. "BroadbandAccess is exactly what they need to boost productivity while away from the office. This service will further set us apart as the established leader in the New York Metro market."
Because BroadbandAccess is backward compatible -- a distinct advantage of using CDMA technology -- customers who travel outside a BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will seamlessly switch to Verizon Wireless' existing NationalAccess network, based on 1xRTT technology.
Working with virtual private network (VPN) connections, business customers can use BroadbandAccess as an extension of their corporate local area network (LAN) or intranet, allowing them to work from any location within the BroadbandAccess coverage area, as if they were in the office. BroadbandAccess, with typical user download speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second (kbps), is ideal for downloading files and business-critical information residing behind corporate firewalls and for accessing e-mail, intranets and the Internet. BroadbandAccess' CDMA EV-DO technology has its own data protection and authentication and is designed to work with a business' existing IT infrastructure and security solutions.
Business customers can access information when they are on the road -- at customer locations, at job sites, in taxis, or on trains -- faster than any competing national wide-area technology. With data transmission bursts up to above 2 Megabits per second (Mbps), BroadbandAccess customers could download a 1 Megabyte email attachment (for example, a small PowerPoint presentation or a large PDF file), or receive three digital pictures (each 400 x 600 pixels) in less than 20 seconds, which is three to four times faster than using EDGE service, and as much as ten times faster than on a competitor's GPRS network.
BroadbandAccess customers can manage their remote access needs with VZ Access Manager, a new customizable tool included with the PC 5220 card that simplifies wireless remote access allowing users to stay connected to business-critical email, company databases, files and the Internet while mobile.
In the upcoming year, Verizon Wireless customers in many major markets will be able to use new BroadbandAccess handsets to enjoy many new fun and visual capabilities. They will be able to experience Get It Now® applications at broadband speed, including multi-player gaming, music and video content, video messaging and other multi-media applications.
BroadbandAccess service is priced at $79.99 monthly access for unlimited use with a one- or two-year customer agreement. Through December 31, 2004, Verizon Wireless customers can buy the Verizon Wireless PC 5220 card for $99.99 with a 2-year customer agreement or $149.99 with a 1-year customer agreement after a $150 rebate.
For more information on BroadbandAccess and Verizon Wireless data services, please visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Business customers can contact a Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative directly at 1-800-VZW-4-BIZ.
As of Monday, September 27, 2004, Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess will be available in the following major metropolitan areas:
- Austin, TX
- Kansas City, KS/MO
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL
- New York
- San Diego
- Tampa, FL
- Washington, D.C.
- West Palm Beach, FL
Within those markets, BroadbandAccess will be available in the following airports:
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Atlanta)
- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (Austin, TX)
- Baltimore-Washington International Airport (Baltimore)
- Kansas City International Airport (Kansas City, MO)
- McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
- Los Angeles International Airport (Los Angeles)
- JohnWayne-Orange County Airport (Santa Ana, CA)
- Miami International Airport (Miami)
- Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark, NJ)
- Philadelphia International Airport (Philadelphia)
- San Diego International Airport (San Diego)
- Tampa International Airport (Tampa, FL)
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (Washington D.C.)
- Washington Dulles International Airport (Washington D.C.)
- Palm Beach International Airport (West Palm Beach, FL)
In addition to the markets and airports above, Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess will be available in the following major airport locations:
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (Dallas/Fort Worth)
- Love Field Airport (Dallas)
- George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston)
- William P. Hobby Airport (Houston)
- Jacksonville International Airport (Jacksonville, FL)
- Louis Armstrong International Airport (New Orleans)
- Orlando International Airport (Orlando, FL)
- Sky Harbor International Airport (Phoenix)
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 40.4 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE: VOD; 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.####