CHAMPAIGN, IL — V erizon Wireless announced today that it has expanded the national rollout of its high-speed wireless network to the Champaign-Urbana, Ill., area.
The expansion spans approximately 4,900 square miles around the cities of Champaign, Urbana, Danville, Charleston, Mattoon, and surrounding communities, and covers routes between Decatur and Danville along U.S. Interstate 74 and between Rantoul and Neoga along U.S. Interstate 57. Other towns located within the coverage area include St. Joseph, Shelbyville, Monticello, Sullivan, and Arthur.
Verizon Wireless' broadband network was introduced in Illinois in Chicagoland in January 2005. It was expanded to the Springfield-Decatur market in 2006, to the Peoria market in 2007, and to the Rockford metropolitan area earlier this month.
"Champaign-Urbana is a vital area with dynamic, tech-savvy business people and consumers who want to stay connected," said T.J. Fox, president Illinois/Wisconsin region, Verizon Wireless. "The expansion of our broadband network in Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding area provides our customers with access to the very latest wireless technology."
With the wireless broadband network now available in Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding area, Verizon Wireless customers in these communities can enjoy two prime services:
- BroadbandAccess, the enhanced high-speed wireless service that equips Verizon Wireless' business customers with 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; and
- V CAST, a consumer-oriented multimedia service that gives customers access to the most comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos and the coolest 3D games found anywhere.
BroadbandAccessBased on Evolution-Data Optimized Revision A (EV-DO Rev. A) network technology, BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers with the ability to access their corporate information as if they were attached to this data 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.
With BroadbandAccess, business customers, residents and visitors can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps. That means they can 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.
BroadbandAccess also enables Verizon Wireless customers to download files approximately 10 times faster than customers of wireless service providers that use different broadly deployed network technologies. Furthermore, 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," Fox said. "With these advantages comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits."
V CAST: Video and Music The company's wireless broadband network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, which offer 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 updates, sports highlights, and the hottest entertainment clips.
With V CAST Music, Verizon Wireless has built a massive full-song mobile music store that contains more than 2.5 million songs from well-known as well as independent artists that customers can download over-the-air, directly onto their V CAST Music-enabled wireless phones.
InvestmentThe multi-million dollar expansion includes the installation of high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout the area. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $40 billion since it 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 $1 billion of this investment was spent in Illinois.
Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States.
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About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 63.7 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 68,000 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.####