CenturyLink Helps Verizon Wireless Bring The Nation's First 4G LTE Network To Nevada

LAS VEGAS and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — From CTIA WIRELESS 2010®, CenturyLink and Verizon Wireless announced today that CenturyLink's Ethernet Private Line (EPL) service is being used by Verizon Wireless to build the nation's first 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Las Vegas.

CenturyLink has employed its dedicated EPL service to create a robust Ethernet transport solution for Verizon Wireless in parts of Nevada. EPL provides a highly scalable, low latency, MEF-compliant carrier grade solution to connect each cell site to the serving Mobile Switching Center. EPL's high quality of service well matches Verizon Wireless' need for high reliability combined with 24/7/365 network monitoring and expedited trouble resolution.

Verizon Wireless' LTE rollout plan positions the company as a global leader in 4G LTE deployment, and it is on track to deliver the nation's first 4G LTE network to customers in 25 to 30 markets, covering roughly 100 million people by year's end.

By leveraging its 700 MHz spectrum for LTE deployment in the United States, Verizon Wireless is capable of quickly deploying a high-quality wireless broadband network with excellent coverage and in-building penetration. Verizon Wireless is currently installing LTE equipment at existing cell sites and switching centers around the United States as part of its extensive, ongoing investment in its voice and data network infrastructure.

Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network. For more information about CenturyLink, visit www.centurylink.com.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: 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.

About CenturyLinkCenturyLink is a leading provider of high-quality voice, broadband and video services over its advanced communications networks to consumers and businesses in 33 states. CenturyLink, headquartered in Monroe, La., is an S&P 500 Company and expects to be listed in the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations. For more information on CenturyLink, visit www.centurylink.com.