ORANGEBURG, NY — Verizon Wireless, provider of the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G network, today announced the activation of a new cell site in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Wireless calling, text messaging and mobile Web surfing is now easier and faster for residents and visitors on the Westside of Manhattan located in the new coverage zone. The cell site will serve the area from Ninth Avenue to Tenth Avenue from 15th Street to 23rd Street.
The expanded coverage and increased data capacity enables customers in this area to enjoy clearer reception, fewer dropped calls and quicker download speeds when using their wireless devices to talk, text, e-mail, view high-quality videos and access VZ Navigator®’s turn-by-turn directions. Additionally, these network enhancements further boost Verizon Wireless’ network reliability, particularly during emergencies such as power outages and extreme weather conditions when wireless communications are needed the most. These network enhancements are part of Verizon Wireless’ aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company’s voice and data services.
“As smartphone usage continues to grow, coverage areas and data capacity are now more important than they’ve ever been in order to maintain quality in the wireless network,” said pat Devlin, regional president. “Verizon Wireless is constantly working to improve its industry-leading 3G network in order to stay ahead of the competition and prepare for the future. Even here in New York City, where our network is head and shoulders above the other carriers, we’re still making improvements to provide our customers with the best service possible.”
Nationally, Verizon Wireless’ real-life test men and women drive 100 specially-equipped vehicles nearly one million miles each year on the country’s most frequently traveled roadways 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 3.5 million voice call attempts and more than 19 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless’ network and the networks of other carriers.
*Editors Note: Test Man Ride-Along Program To set up an interview and ride-along test drive with your local Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Andrew Stein at 646-484-4568.
About Verizon Wireless Verizon 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.