BINGHAMTON, NY and SCRANTON, PA — Verizon Wireless announced today it has expanded BroadbandAccess, its high-speed wireless broadband service, in Tioga and Broome Counties in New York State and introduced the service in Susquehanna County in Northern Pennsylvania for the first time, giving local customers access to the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop and desktop computers, and PDAs.
Customers living in and visiting the area can now access their e-mail, corporate data, the Internet and more at broadband speeds – in their homes or on the road. They can also view and download video clips on their phones, download music onto their handsets over-the-air, play 3D games, and send large data files at faster speeds as the company continues to expand the next generation of its high-speed wireless broadband network.
The company has added CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) technology to 11 cell sites in the following areas: Caroline, East Richford, Newark Valley and Vestal in New York, and Liberty, Lanesboro, New Milford, Montrose, Harford, Lenox, and South Gibson in Pennsylvania.
The company also announced today it has added EV-DO Rev. A technology to several sites in Tioga and Potter Counties in Pennsylvania. The company has offered its 3G wireless broadband service in the Binghamton/Elmira/Corning area since 2006.
“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 metropolitan areas or near major airports, we’re committed to giving our customers the ability to access the Internet, corporate data and premium entertainment content at broadband speeds throughout Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania.”
This network expansion is part of the company’s aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless voice and data services. The company has invested more than $45 billion since it was formed to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services.
BroadbandAccess provides average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second 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.
“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 more than 5 million tunes, 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, sports highlights and the hottest entertainment clips.
BroadbandAccess is available for $59.99 monthly access for 5 GB of data usage with a new one- or two-year agreement. BroadbandAccess service also is available as an integrated option on select notebook and laptop computers. For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
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.