UTICA, NY — Verizon Wireless announced today it has expanded BroadbandAccess, its wireless broadband service, to the Utica-Rome area, giving local customers access to the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop and desktop computers, and PDAs. Local Verizon Wireless customers can now access e-mail, everyday corporate data, the Internet and more at faster speeds; view and download video clips on their phones; download music onto their handsets over-the-air; and play 3D games as the company continues to expand the next-generation of its high-speed wireless broadband network across Upstate New York.
The company also announced today that it has more than doubled the size of its Syracuse and Buffalo area wireless broadband networks, in addition to similar network expansions in the Rochester and Albany areas in August, completing deployment of the service along the entire New York State Thruway corridor from Erie County east across the state. Verizon Wireless' wireless broadband network now stretches from Buffalo east through Rochester, Syracuse and Utica/Rome to Albany, north to Glens Falls and south through Poughkeepsie to the New York City area, Binghamton west through the Elmira/Corning area, and in Ithaca.
"Verizon Wireless is focused on providing the best customer experience and a major part of that commitment is making sure we continue to have the best, most reliable network," said Marquett Smith, president of Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York region. "Instead of merely offering wireless broadband service in downtown areas or near airports, we're committed to giving our customers the ability to access the Internet, corporate data, and premium entertainment content at broadband speeds throughout the Utica-Rome area and Central New York."
Based on CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) technology, BroadbandAccess provides average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second (mbps) and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps, translating to being able to download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds. Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess service allows customers to download files approximately 10 times faster than customers of other wireless service providers that use different broadly deployed network technologies.
"Our enhanced BroadbandAccess service gives our customers three key advantages in wireless communication: speed, mobility and security," said Smith. "With these advantages comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits."
The company's high-speed network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, offering customers the ability to download full-song tracks from a library of over 2.1 million tunes, 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.
The company's national wireless broadband network, the first in the nation, is already available to more than 210 million Americans and close to 200 major airports from coast to coast, including the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, the Greater Rochester International Airport, and the Albany International Airport.
The entire Upstate New York EV-DO network is now Rev. A-capable, meaning customers can enjoy even faster speeds when both downloading and sending large files than before on the company's broadband data network.
BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access with a new one- or two-year agreement. For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess service for $59.99 monthly access without having a voice plan. 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 WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 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.####