LOUISVILLE, KY — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has completed enhancements to its advanced 3G high-speed wireless network throughout Kentucky, enabling more customers to browse the Internet, download music, send e-mail and multimedia messages, and access other advanced wireless services more reliably at even faster broadband speeds.
To make these enhancements, Verizon Wireless installed its most advanced EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) Revision A (Rev. A) hardware and software on the remaining 49 cell sites needing upgrading across Kentucky, and it activated an additional 41 EV-DO cell sites in the state.
"We know 3G, EV-DO and Rev. A sound like part of a technical alphabet soup," said Greg Haller, president Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan region, Verizon Wireless. "But, here's what they mean for Kentuckians: All Verizon Wireless customers in Kentucky our network now covers 16,512 square miles of the state and 66.45 percent of the population have access to a wide array of broadband services on the nation's most reliable high-speed network."
The EV-DO Rev. A enhancements are part of the company's ongoing investment in Kentucky. They give customers access to advanced services such as V CAST, which lets them stream video clips, play cutting-edge 3D games and download full-song tracks over the air; get turn-by-turn directions on VZ Navigator(SM); and connect with our newest Push to Talk technology.
EV-DO Rev. A technology also provides the highest speed wireless connection to BroadbandAccess, the company's business data service, which enables customers to wirelessly access their e-mail and calendars, the Internet and other information via a high-speed connection. BroadbandAccess offers average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and upload speeds of 500-800 kbps, which means customers can download a 1 Megabyte 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.
Verizon Wireless has invested more than $48 billion since it was formed $5.5 billion on average every year to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. More than $250 million of this investment has been spent in Kentucky since 2000. In 2007, the company invested more than $38 million in Kentucky network improvements.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 70.8 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 71,000 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.####