WALNUT CREEK, CA — The ongoing effort to expand and improve the nation's most reliable wireless network for residents and visitors in Kern County has resulted in five new Verizon Wireless cell sites. The cell sites expand 3G wireless coverage in:
- Bakersfield, along California Avenue to Ming Avenue and surrounding area, including Bakersfield Plaza Mall
- Bakersfield, along Highway 65 and Sherwood Road and surrounding area
- Delano, along Highway 65 between Porterville and Bakersfield and along Highway 155 (Garces Highway)
- Edwards, along Highway 58 and surrounding area, including Edwards Air Force Base
- Lamont, along Di Giorgio Road from Edison Road to Adobe Road and along H184 from Mountain View Road to Sunset Boulevard
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 and video and music services are now available to Verizon Wireless customers in Northern California.
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 innovative data services. Verizon Wireless spent $684 million to enhance services and coverage in California during 2008.
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 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.
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 3 million voice call attempts and more than 22 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.
*Editors Note: Test Man Ride-Along ProgramTo set up an interview and ride-along test drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Heidi Flato at 925-279-6545.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 80 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 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.####