Verizon Wireless Launches Broadband Network, Services In Laredo, Texas

DALLAS, TX — Verizon Wireless announced today it has launched its wireless broadband network in Laredo, Texas, allowing local customers to utilize the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices.

The expansion — which entailed installing high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout the region — extends the Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess network to Laredo and Larga Vista. Hardware and software upgrades along with system testing are all complete. To learn more about the wireless broadband service now available on the nation's most reliable network, Laredo residents can visit the Verizon Wireless Communications Store at 5724 San Bernardo Ave. Ste 101 or its in-store Circuit City location at 5300 San Dario Ave.

The coverage area extends approximately from the Rio Grande in the west to the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and Casa Blanca Park Road in the east. From south to north, the coverage area reaches from the intersection of U.S. Highway 83 and Mangana-Hein Road to the intersection of Ranch Road 1472 and Loop 20. Additional sites will be added later this year to extend coverage farther north to Ranch Road 3338.

"Verizon Wireless is committed to expanding our high-speed data network across the nation and is proud to announce the expansion into South Texas," said Luis M. Cruz, region president for Verizon Wireless. "Laredo customers now have access to the latest wireless technology through services such as BroadbandAccess and V CAST Music and video."

BroadbandAccess allows customers to connect wirelessly to the Internet, download e-mail and applications, and log into their corporate servers via their laptop at broadband speeds. The technology provides mobile workers full access, productivity and security, just as if they were at their desks and attached via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility.

This wireless broadband experience is made possible by the Verizon Wireless EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) technology, with typical connection speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps). It also enables services such as Fleet Administrator, an important tool for those in the trucking and distribution industry. Utilizing the nation's most reliable network, the service allows customers to equip vehicles with tracking hardware in order to locate, monitor and manage those vehicles across the country from any office computer.

The Verizon Wireless EV-DO technology was first introduced in Texas in Austin, and is available in the Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, Victoria and Beaumont metro areas.

The Verizon Wireless V CAST service gives customers access to short video content, downloadable music and cutting-edge 3D games on their mobile phone. V CAST provides current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming on demand. And with access to more than 1.4 million songs, music lovers with a V CAST Music-enabled phone can download and play their favorite songs — all while on-the-go.

Verizon Wireless has invested $30 billion into its network in the last six years — $5 billion on average every year since 2000 when the company was formed — to ensure network reliability and increase coverage and capacity.

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., 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