PORTLAND, OR — The on-going effort to expand and improve the nation's most reliable wireless network for residents and visitors in Eastern Oregon, has resulted in 13 new Verizon Wireless cell sites. The cell sites expand 3G wireless coverage in and around La Grande, including Elgin, Enterprise, Imbler, Joseph, Pilot Rock, Summerville and Union, in addition to travelers along Highways 395, 204 and Interstate 84. Increasing the size and capacity of the country's largest, most reliable wireless network means more calls, e-mails, text and picture messages, plus Web browsing, video and music services are now available to Verizon Wireless customers in Eastern Oregon.
This network enhancement is part of the company's consistent, aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice and data services. Verizon Wireless spent $107 million to enhance services and coverage in Oregon during 2008 and a total of $449 million since 2000.
Nationally, the company has invested more than $50 billion since it was formed in 2000. The result: the largest, most reliable 3G network and Mobile Broadband wireless data services such as picture messaging, text messaging, and the company's exclusive V CAST service. V CAST brings video clips of TV shows, music on demand and other multimedia services to wireless phones.
With Mobile Broadband, users can connect to the Internet, download music over-the-air, and access e-mail or corporate data at average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps. For example, 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 'nation's most reliable wireless network' reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country. Nationally, these test men and women drive about 90 specially equipped vehicles almost 1 million miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas, based upon U.S. Census counts, to confirm that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than three million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.
*Editors Note: Test Man Ride-Along Program To set up an interview and ride-along test drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Kelley Evans at 425-452-5493.
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 80 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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.####