TREVOSE, PA — Verizon Wireless today announced it has invested more than $119 million to enhance its wireless voice and 3G high-speed data network in the Philadelphia Tri-State Region so far this year, which comprises central and eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.
The investment is part of more than $1.2 billion invested in the region and $50 billion invested across the nation since 2001. Local network enhancements during the first part of this year include:
- Activating 44 new cell sites to improve voice and data coverage and increase capacity, enabling more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently
- Upgrading equipment on 292 existing cell sites throughout the region, which further improved network capacity for voice and data services
- Deploying 2 portable COLTs (Cells on Light Trucks) to boost coverage and capacity for the Dover Downs Races in Delaware in May
- In addition, 3 area technicians real life test men and women traveled 15,400 miles in the first half of 2009 in test vehicles each equipped with phones, wireless data devices and computers to measure the quality of calls on Verizon Wireless and other carriers networks.
"We've always believed even the most advanced cell phone is only as good as the network it runs on," said Mario Turco, regional president. "Our 3G high-speed mobile broadband network is the largest and most reliable in the United States and we expect to commercially launch our Long Term Evolution (LTE) fourth generation network in up to 30 markets in 2010."
With the improved network coverage, customers can use their wireless devices to send and receive email and text, picture and video messages; view high-quality videos; and access VZ Navigator(SM)'s turn-by-turn directions, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls. The Verizon Wireless network also is built for reliability during emergencies, such as power outages and extreme weather conditions, with redundancy capabilities in place to maintain service for Philadelphia Tri-State Region customers when they need it the most.
In 2008, Verizon Wireless spent more than $200 million to stay ahead of growing demand for the company's voice and data services in the Philadelphia Tri-State Region. The company also continues to enhance and expand its customer service capabilities to service its growing customer base. Verizon Wireless remains the industry leader in customer loyalty for 19 consecutive quarters, reporting the lowest monthly customer turnover, or churn, of all the national wireless carriers. For more information on Verizon Wireless, please visit www.verizonwireless.com.
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About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 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.####