SIOUX CITY, IA — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has expanded the national rollout of its high-speed wireless data network to Sioux City and portions of western and central Iowa.
Coverage in the Sioux City area extends north to Hinton, south to Salix, east to Correctionville, and west to South Sioux City, Neb. Other communities covered in this network rollout are Le Mars, Denison, Carroll, Harlan, Atlantic, Fort Dodge, and Webster City. In addition the high-speed network is now available in communities where Verizon Wireless has service in the counties of Adair, Audubon, Cass, Guthrie, Madison, Crawford, Harrison, Monona, Shelby, Woodbury, Calhoun, Carroll, Greene, Ida, Sac, Cherokee, Plymouth, Hamilton, Humboldt, Webster, and Wright.
"These Iowa communities represent vital markets with dynamic, tech-savvy business people, residents and students who want to stay connected," said Nancy B. Clark, president Great Plains region, Verizon Wireless. "The launch of our broadband network to greater portions of Iowa provides our customers with access to the very latest wireless technology."
With the wireless broadband network, Verizon Wireless customers in the area now 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 (EV-DO) Revision A (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 to these areas of Iowa 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.
"Our enhanced BroadbandAccess service gives our customers three key advantages in wireless communication speed, mobility and security," Clark said. "With these advantages comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits."
V CAST: Video and MusicVerizon Wireless' 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 their handsets 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.
InvestmentThis multi-million dollar data network expansion includes the installation of high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout western and central Iowa. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $45 billion since it was formed more than $5.5 billion on average every year to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. More than $202 million of this investment was spent in Iowa over the past seven years on network improvements.
Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. Previously the company announced high-speed service in Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Dubuque, Iowa City, and Davenport.
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About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 67.2 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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.####