ZANESVILLE, OH — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has expanded the national rollout of its high-speed wireless network in portions of Guernsey County, Noble County, Muskingum County, and Licking County, Ohio, extending coverage along the Interstate 70 corridor, including Cambridge and Zanesville.
The enhancements of Verizon Wireless' CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network to Revision A (Rev. A) means Verizon Wireless customers in the area, can access the company's high-speed wireless network and enjoy two prime services: BroadbandAccess, the company's enhanced high-speed wireless service, with average user speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits, geared toward mobile professionals, business customers and vacationers; and V CAST, a consumer-oriented multimedia service that offers music and short content on demand, including cutting-edge 3D games, music videos, news, weather, and sports.
The network expansion equips Verizon Wireless' business customers to experience a truly untethered mobile office experience, enabling them to wirelessly access their calendars, the Internet, e-mail, and critical business information residing behind their companies' firewalls. With the added benefit of V CAST, consumers also now have access to the most comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos and the coolest 3D games found anywhere.
BroadbandAccess BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers the ability to get their corporate information as if they were attached to the information via a high-speed wired connection but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, the service enables large enterprises, small- to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.
Business customers, residents and vacationers can access information when they are on the road with BroadbandAccess. Customers in enhanced broadband wireless coverage areas can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps, which means customers can download a 1 megabyte e-mail attachment the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file in less than 15 seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 25 seconds. Also, customers who travel outside the enhanced BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to the company's NationalAccess service.
"Our enhanced BroadbandAccess service gives our customers three key advantages in wireless communication speed, mobility and security," said Roger Tang, president Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia region, Verizon Wireless. "With these advantages comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits."
V CAST The company's high-speed network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, offering customers the ability to download full-song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to the handset with top transmission speeds. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of on-demand videos, including breaking news, weather, sports highlights, and the hottest entertainment clips.
V CAST Music, available to customers with V CAST Music-enabled handsets, is the world's most comprehensive, over-the-air mobile music service. Customers with V CAST Music can download song tracks directly to their Verizon Wireless handsets or to PCs equipped with Windows® XP operating software. The V CAST Music on-demand service includes access to a catalog of more than two million songs.
New Coverage Provides High-Speed Internet Access Along Interstate 70
- In Guernsey and Noble County, the network expansion covers Cambridge and surrounding communities along Interstate 77 as far north as the Salt Fork exit, as far south as Belle Valley and the span of the entire county along Interstate 70.
- In Muskingum County coverage extends the entire length of Interstate 70 from the eastern county line, including New Concord and Norwich to the western county line near Hopewell, including Zanesville and surrounding areas. Coverage in the Zanesville area extends as far north as Frazeysburg and Cass Township and as far south as South Zanesville.
- In Licking County coverage continues along the Interstate 70 corridor from the eastern county line near Gratiot and extends coverage west to Brownsville and Thornport, which connects to the Hebron and Columbus areas, which already have BroadbandAccess.
"Zanesville and Cambridge are vital markets with dynamic, tech-savvy businesses and consumers who want to stay connected," Tang said. "The launch of our broadband network here provides our customers with access to the very latest wireless technology."
The multi-million dollar expansion entailed installing high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout the region. It is part of the $40 billion investment Verizon Wireless has made in its network since the company was formed more than $5 billion on average every year to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. More than $100 million of this investment was spent in Ohio in the first half of 2007 to maintain and enhance its network.
Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. Waynesburg is the latest market to be added to Verizon Wireless' high-speed wireless network coverage area, now available to more than 210 million people. Verizon Wireless' broadband network was first introduced in Ohio in January 2005 in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton.
BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access with a new one- or two-year customer agreement. For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers with an existing voice plan can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess service for $59.99 monthly access. A new two-year customer agreement is required. BroadbandAccess service also is available as an integrated option on select notebook and laptop computers.
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About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 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.####