SILVER SPRING, MD — Verizon Wireless is investing in Montgomery County, Maryland to stay ahead of rising demand for wireless voice, 3G multimedia and Internet access. Regionally the company has invested more than $2 billion in its Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia network over the past nine years, including $153 million so far in 2009.
- New cell site provides increased wireless voice and 3G data coverage along Route 29 and Briggs Chaney Road.
- Expanded 3G data coverage in Montgomery County allows customers using notebook computers or smartphones the ability to:
- Browse the Web faster with quicker page loading times
- Quickly download and play music
- Watch streaming video
- Send e-mails with attachments
- Download and play 3D games
- Video conference with contacts
- Rapidly share files
View from Verizon Wireless"We've always believed even the most advanced device is only as good as the network it runs on," said Mike Maiorana, regional president, Verizon Wireless. "We continue to aggressively invest in our network throughout Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia to increase both coverage and capacity for our customers and to add new services."
Wireless InvestmentThe company has invested more than $50 billion since its inception to increase the wireless voice and data coverage of its national network and to add new 3G services like Mobile Broadband and V CAST. As the carrier with America's largest and most reliable wireless network, Verizon Wireless cell sites in Virginia provide 3G wireless data connectivity.
Mobile Broadband Internet AccessVerizon Wireless' 3G high-speed wireless broadband network keeps customers connected. With Mobile Broadband from Verizon Wireless, notebook computer users can access e-mail, download files and browse the Internet at broadband speed (average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps). A one megabyte email attachment the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file can be downloaded in about eight seconds and uploaded in less than 13 seconds.
V CAST: Video and MusicPowered by the company's 3G high-speed network, V CAST multimedia services offer customers the ability to download full song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their phones. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of on-demand videos, including breaking news, weather, sports highlights and the hottest entertainment clips.
V CAST Music with RhapsodyThe company's wireless broadband network also powers its V CAST Music with Rhapsody service, which combines Verizon Wireless' world-class, over-the-air mobile music service with Rhapsody's leading desktop solution. V CAST with Rhapsody delivers unlimited access to music on up to three Rhapsody-compatible mobile phones and players, and online on multiple PCs and Web browsers. With V CAST Music with Rhapsody, customers who purchase music over-the-air can download the master copy of the songs or albums to their PCs free of digital rights management (DRM) software that restricts how and where music can be played.
Most Reliable Wireless NetworkThe company's 'America's most reliable wireless network' reputation is based on network studies performed byreal-life test men and test women throughout the country. By traversing more than one million miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways, as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas the equivalent of two roundtrips to the moon or 40 trips around the world the test men and women 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.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon 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.
EDITOR'S NOTE: If you are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Sherri Cunningham at 202-364-5856.####