HELENA, MT — From north to south and east to west, residents and visitors to Montana are making more wireless calls and data transmissions thanks to Verizon Wireless' $32 million network investment in 2007. That's an average of more than $87 thousand per day spent to provide customers in the state with the reliable, high quality service they expect from Verizon Wireless.
The company's ongoing network investment now totals more than $187 million in Montana and $44 billion nationally since the company was formed in 2000. The investment delivers enhanced coverage, call quality, network reliability and new services to enable customers to get more done wirelessly.
The upgrades include adding 12 new cell sites, updating many others and further improving backup power capabilities. The multi-million dollar investment also includes the expansion of the company's Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) broadband wireless data network to Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell and Missoula.
More specifically the network investments made last year in Montana are delivering:
Expanded coverage and call capacity
- 12 new cell sites throughout the state, including those that improved coverage in the communities of Billings, Bozeman, Missoula and Havre.
- Network enhancements to keep ahead of the growth in the number of voice and data calls happening at the same time.
- Verizon Wireless' network technicians (who serve as the inspiration for the famous "It's the Network" ad campaign) traveled approximately 15,000 miles across the state last year. The technicians measure the quality of voice and data calls on the Verizon Wireless network and on other carriers' networks.
- Deployment of a Cell on Light Truck (COLT) mobile cell site to provide wireless communications service to assist firefighters and other emergency personnel during the wildfires in the remote areas of the state last summer.
- Additional generators and other equipment to provide backup power in the event of a commercial power failure.
- More customers in the state can now access high-speed wireless Internet, e-mail, mobile music and more. The high speed data network that enables both BroadbandAccess and V CAST services.
- The network expansion supported the introductions of many new wireless devices giving customers a comprehensive selection of music, multimedia, e-mail and voice services. In the fourth quarter the company introduced four flagship devices: the Juke by Samsung, the Venus by LG and The Voyager by LG, exclusive to Verizon Wireless; and the BlackBerry® Pearl smartphone.