PLATTSBURGH, NY — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has activated the 6th of 13 planned sites that will eventually close a more-than-50-mile coverage gap along Interstate 87 – the Northway – between Albany and Plattsburgh. The new cell site in Chesterfield, Essex County, improves coverage and capacity along I-87 between Exits 32 and 33, and on Route 9 from Route 22 to the Four-Wheeler Trail in Lewis.
The company has also expanded its local coverage in Clinton County with a new cell site in Dannemora. The new site improves coverage and capacity along Route 374 from Kennedy Road to Hugh Herron Road, and in the Town of Dannemora.
These network expansions are part of the company’s aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless’ voice and data services. The company has invested more than $45 billion nationwide since it was formed – $5.5 billion on average every year – and plans to invest more than $100 million in Upstate New York in 2009.
“We’re excited about the progress we’re making closing the wireless gap along the Northway. It’s one example of our efforts to aggressively invest in our Upstate New York network to increase coverage and capacity for our customers, add new services, and maintain our 3G network leadership,” said Gene Fassett, executive director of Network for Verizon Wireless’ Upstate New York Region.
Services include wireless data services such as picture messaging, text messaging, V CAST and V CAST Music with Rhapsody, and Mobile Broadband, the company’s high-speed wireless broadband network geared toward mobile professionals and business customers. It provides average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second, and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps.
Strong demand for Verizon Wireless’ services continued during the third quarter of 2009 as the company added 1.2 million net new customers.
The company’s “nation’s most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network” reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country. These engineers drive nearly 100 specially equipped vehicles more than 1 million miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways, as well as major roads and surface streets. Test vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 3 million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless’ network and the networks of other carriers.
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About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving 89 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 (NASDAQ 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.