Californians Talking More. Minutes Of Use On Verizon Wireless' Network Up 63 Percent Since 2004

IRVINE, CA — Verizon Wireless invested more than $715 million to enhance its California voice and data wireless network in 2006. That's an average of more than $1.9 million per day spent to provide customers with the reliable, high quality service they expect from Verizon Wireless. That reliability, supported by back-up generators and a fleet of temporary cell sites, was highlighted in 2006 by the performance of the company's network during the multiple wildfires in California.

The company's investment in its California network now totals more than $4 billion since 2000.

The multi-million investment includes adding and updating cell sites to improve call quality and enable customers to make more simultaneous calls, as well as the expansion of the company's Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) broadband wireless data network in California.

More specifically, the network investments made last year in California are delivering:

Expanded coverage and call capacity

  • Key new cell sites expanded the size of the company's voice and EV-DO broadband wireless data network in:
    • Azusa: North Azusa along San Gabriel Canyon; along lower Highway 39 north of East Sierra Madre
    • Camarillo: Near intersection of Santa Rosa and Upland Road and surrounding residential area
    • Carlsbad: Near intersection of Tamarack Avenue and El Camino Real and surrounding residential area; near intersection of Loker Avenue and Palomar Airport Road and surrounding residential and business areas
    • Chino Hills: near Chino Hills High School. Improved coverage will be experienced in Chino Hills along highway 71 south of Soquel Canyon Road
    • Covina: Near Citrus Avenue and San Bernardino Road
    • Encino: Along Burbank Boulevard and 101 Freeway and surrounding residential area
    • Escondido: Downtown Escondido; along Highway 78 east of the San Diego Wild Animal Park and surrounding area; Escondido High School and the surrounding area
    • Garden Grove: Near Trask, including the 22 Freeway and the residential community to the north
    • Irvine: Along 405 Freeway, south to Michelson and north to Main Street
    • Lancaster: Along Highway 138 near Ridge Route Road
    • Malibu: The Keck Science Building at Pepperdine University and the surrounding vicinity, including the intersection of Malibu Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway; Pepperdine University, including Via Pacific Street and surrounding area
    • Oxnard: Along Gonzales from Harbor to Patterson and Victoria to Wooley
    • Rialto: The Metrolink station, courthouse, library and post office
    • Santa Ana: On Newport Boulevard between Highcliff Drive and Marcy Drive and in Crawford Canyon between troller Lane and Lemon Heights
    • San Diego: Near the intersection of Goldfinch and Washington and surrounding residential area; San Diego International Airport and along Harbor between Nimitz and Grape; residential area north of Highway 905 around Picador Boulevard; residential area near intersection of Meadowbrook and Paradise Valley Road in the community of South Bay Terraces; Downtown San Diego near Front Street and Interstate 5; Westview High School and surrounding residential area
    • Santa Monica: San Vicente Boulevard between 20th Street and Ocean Avenue; Montana Avenue between 20th Street to Stanford Street; and, 26th Street between West Benvenue Street to California Avenue
    • Simi Valley: Lemon Drive east to Texas Drive and Presidio Drive south to Alamo street, including civic center, schools, parks, and nearby residential area
  • Capacity additions to many cell sites helped network capacity keep pace with demand. According to the first Big City Wireless Use Study by Verizon Wireless, Los Angeles customers made and received an average of 260 calls per month — eight to nine calls daily, second only to Miami customers who make an average of 298 calls per month.

Most reliable wireless network in the nation

  • Deployment of a Cell on Wheels mobile cell site to provide wireless communications service to firefighters during numerous wild fires in California in 2006
  • A new state-of-the-art switching center that processes voice and data communication for customers who live in and travel through southern California
  • Additional equipment to provide backup power in the event of a commercial power failure

New wireless technologies

  • Expansion of the company's wireless broadband network in the state means more customers have access to innovative new services based on Global Positioning System (GPS) data. ChaperoneSM gives parents new tools to help identify the whereabouts of phones they've given to their young children. VZ NavigatorSM provides wireless turn-by-turn driving directions, maps and addresses. And Field Force Manager allows businesses to map the location of field employees and jobs in near real-time.

The company has invested $35 billion in the last seven years — $5 billion on average every year since the company was formed — to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. Network investment for 2007 is already underway.

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