Verizon Wireless Constructs New Cell Site In Miami, Florida

MIAMI, FL — To provide the best wireless service for students, residents and businesses near Florida International University's (FIU) University Park campus, Verizon Wireless has constructed a new advanced digital cell site on the corner of the West Dade Expressway (Florida Turnpike Homestead Extension) and Tamiami Trail.

The area was targeted because of especially high use of wireless phones by college students, and their demand for the latest voice and data services. Many of the company's busiest network sites in Florida are those that serve college and university campuses.

The new site processes voice calls and wireless data traffic utilizing the company's advanced high-speed Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO) technology. It is designed to enhance in-building coverage for area businesses, as well as for several buildings on the FIU campus including the Graham Center, the Charles Perry Building, Deuxieme Maison and the Green Library.

The newest high-speed data services from Verizon Wireless that run on the EV-DO network are V CAST, which offers streaming video and music content via wireless phones, and BroadbandAccess, which provides data users with wireless broadband transfer speeds of 300-500 kbps. Verizon Wireless already has rolled out BroadbandAccess and V CAST in South Florida and other Florida markets, including Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Orlando and Tallahassee.

The new site and EV-DO service are part of the company's continuing growth and investment in Florida. Verizon Wireless spent more than $300 million in the state during the past 18 months to further expand and enhance its all-digital network.

This aggressive network investment — now totaling more than $1 billion in Florida and more than $30 billion nationally during the past six years — ensures that Verizon Wireless will continue to stay ahead of growing demand for wireless voice and data services like Picture Messaging and Internet access throughout the state. Additionally, these improvements fortify the Verizon Wireless network to ensure operations during circumstances such as the hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005.

"This new site in Miami can help improve public safety in many emergency situations," said Mike Lanman, Florida region president for Verizon Wireless. "But every day it also allows us to meet the growing needs of consumers, especially students who stay very busy calling family and friends, sending text and picture messages, checking emails and so much more."

The Verizon Wireless network in Florida withstood the impact of eight hurricanes in 2004 and 2005 while other communication networks were often adversely affected. In Florida, about 80 percent of all Verizon Wireless sites have their own back-up generator — in addition to battery power — to keep the network running even when the power supply is interrupted.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, 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 To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at