FERNDALE, PA — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents in Ferndale, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has expanded its network with a new cell site. The new site increases coverage and capacity along Route 611, and Center Hill and Church Hill roads.
This network expansion is part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year (more than $1 billion every 90 days), including nearly $180 million in 2006 throughout the Philadelphia Tri-State Region, to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless voice and data services. Verizon Wireless has invested $35 billion on average $5 billion a year into its national wireless network over the past seven years as part of its commitment to offer customers the most reliable service available, including wireless data services such as Picture Messaging, TXT Messaging, and the company's exclusive V CAST service. V CAST brings video clips of TV shows, music on demand and other multimedia services to wireless phones over Verizon Wireless' high-speed EV-DO network. BroadbandAccess offers customers the nation's most reliable high-speed wireless broadband network, operating at average speeds between 400 kbps - 700 kbps.
Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during 2006 as the company set new records for net new customers more than 5.4 million during the first three quarters of the year and improved upon its customer retention rates, the best in the industry. In the third quarter of 2006, the company posted a customer turnover rate of 1.2%, well below the rate reported by the other major wireless carriers.
Nationally, Verizon Wireless' real-life test men and women drive 95 specially equipped vehicles approximately 220,000 miles every quarter on Interstate, U.S. and state highways as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas, based upon U.S. Census counts, to make sure that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 750,000 voice call attempts and more than one million data tests quarterly on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, NJ, with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company 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 preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.####