ALPHARETTA, GA — Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, has completed a very aggressive quarter of network expansion and enhancement across Georgia. Year to date, Verizon Wireless added a total of 14 new cell towers, invested more than $105 million and executed the company’s largest expansion in its history in Georgia with the launch of service in the Valdosta and Waycross areas.
The company continued to expand its Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) third generation (3G) wide-area network Revision A (Rev. A). With the enhanced network, Georgians have even more ubiquitous access to Verizon Wireless’ two prime services: BroadbandAccess and V CAST. With BroadbandAccess, customers can download a one 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. The company’s V CAST multimedia services offer customers the ability to download full song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their phones.
In the second quarter of 2008, coverage was enhanced and expanded in the following Georgia cities:
- Americus: Two new cell sites enhance calling capacity and in-building service for the city center of Americus including the residential and commercial areas along US 280, US 19 and the Sumter County Hospital.
- Atlanta: Upgrades to the high speed wireless broadband (EV-DO Rev. A) service increased network capacity in East Atlanta, East Cobb, top end of I-285, Marietta, Alpharetta, Buckhead, Roswell, Chamblee and Toco Hills areas.
- Brooks: High speed wireless broadband service (EV-DO Rev. A) is now available for the town of Brookes, southern Fayette County and in the residential and commercial areas along Hwy 16 between Sharpsburg and Griffin.
- Carrollton: Network capacity was enhanced for downtown Carrollton.
- Conyers: Data capacity was enhanced along I-20 from Lithonia to Conyers, specifically the Turner Hill Road exit in Lithonia (Stone Crest Mall) to the Salem Road exit east of Conyers. In addition, a new cell site enhanced calling capacity and in-building service south of Downtown Conyers along Highway 138.
- Forsyth: Network enhancements provide greater calling capacity for the residential and commercial areas of the city of Forsyth and I-75.
- Griffin: New cell site enhances calling capacity and in-building service-level in the city of Griffin including the residential and commercial areas along US 441, Griffin-Spaulding County airport and the Spaulding Regional Hospital.
- Macon: Network enhancements provide greater calling capacity in the residential and commercial areas of the city of Macon, the Macon Mall area, I-475 and I-75.
- McDonough: New cell site provides high-speed wireless broadband (EV-DO Rev. A) coverage on Hwy 23 and I-75 southwest of the city, as well as enhanced coverage and capacity along I-75 between Locus Grove and McDonough.
- Metter: Network enhancements provide greater capacity in the residential and commercial areas of the city of Metter and I-16.
- Milledgeville: New cell site enhances calling capacity and in-building service-level in the city of Milledgeville including the residential and commercial areas along US 19, Georgia College and State University and the Baldwin County Hospital as well as the North Milledgeville area.
- Newnan: New cell site and network enhancements provide greater calling capacity east of Newnan in the area of the Summer Grove subdivision near Hwy 34 and in the area of Frontage Road along I-85 and Lower Fayetteville Road and I-85. In addition, high-speed wireless broadband service (EV-DO Rev. A) expansion was completed along Hwy 34 between I-85 and Thomas Crossroads.
- Norcross: New cell site provides enhanced coverage an in-building high-speed wireless broadband service (EV-DO Rev. A) along Jimmy Carter Blvd and Rockbridge Road area. An additional new cell site provides coverage enhancements along the Chattahoochee Recreational Area at Jones Bridge.
- Northeast Georgia: Expansion of high-speed wireless broadband service (EV-DO Rev. A) now extends from elen to the west, Rabun Gap to the north, down through Clayton, Tallulah Falls and Clarksville to the south.
- Sandersville: New cell site enhances calling capacity and in-building service-level in the eastern portions of Sandersville and Tennile including the residential and commercial areas along GA 15, 24 and 242.
- Savannah: Two new cell sites enhance calling capacity and in-building service-level in the city center of Savannah and Pooler including the residential and commercial areas along I-95, Pooler Parkway, Godley Station, Daffin Park and the Savannah International Airport.
- Senoia: Network enhancements provide greater capacity and in-building coverage of high-speed wireless broadband service (EV-DO Rev. A) in the town of Senoia, southeast Coweta County and in the residential and commercial areas along Hwy 16 between Sharpsburg and Griffin.
- Suwanee: Two new cell sites enhance coverage between I-85 and 316, along Hwy 317 (Lawrenceville Suwanee Road), and at the intersection of McGinnis Ferry and Old Atlanta Roads.
- Wrightsville: New cell site enhances calling capacity and in-building service-level in the city of East Dublin including the residential and commercial areas along US 319, US 80, GA 29 and 86.
In addition, now residents, businesses and travelers along I-16 – from Macon to Savannah, Savannah to Augusta, and Augusta to Macon – have seamless high speed BroadbandAccess data coverage all along their routes. In south Georgia, the company completed its largest single launch of the Verizon Wireless voice, NationalAccess data, and BroadbandAccess data network in this state, from the eastern edge of Thomas County, northeast through Bacon County, southeast through Charlton and Camden Counties and everywhere in between.
“Wireless customers throughout Georgia continue to demand the best – and Verizon Wireless is committed to continue doing everything we can to deliver it. We’ll continue to focus on meeting our customers’ growing wireless needs by delivering on our brand promise – the best, most reliable wireless network,” said Jeff Mango, President Verizon Wireless Georgia/Alabama Region. “The developments and investments we undertook in the second quarter of 2008 are in direct response to the remarkable growth in the demand for our wireless service.”
The company’s continued investment in Georgia is part of Verizon Wireless’ ongoing effort to expand coverage, improve capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network throughout the country. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $40 billion – $5 billion on average every year – since the company was formed to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. Other examples of company leadership include being first to offer nationwide plans with unlimited calling and the only provider to offer a 30-day network Test Drive pledge that pays for calls if a customer isn’t satisfied and switches to another carrier.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 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.