Verizon Wireless Customers Benefit From More Than $230 Million Enhancement To Ohio Digital Network In 2010

DUBLIN, OH — Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless company with the largest, most reliable voice and 3G data network, continues to invest in its digital network in Ohio, while further enhancing the most advanced wireless services for its customers.

Verizon Wireless’ network enhancements in the first nine months of 2010 have included the expansion of voice and 3G data coverage and capacity; installation of high-tech in-building systems at numerous high-traffic or high-priority venues; the integration of former Alltel network facilities; and the deployment of test teams and vehicles roaming the state to ensure the most reliable and advanced 3G coverage. In addition, technicians have been making intensive preparations to launch even more advanced 4G high-speed data services in Ohio, including Akron, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, where the company will launch its 4G network before the end of the year.

In-building systems Verizon Wireless completed numerous high-tech in-building systems that use dozens of small wireless transmitters – which resemble small smoke detectors – to ensure strong inside coverage. These systems were installed in high-priority public safety facilities such as police stations, emergency command centers and hospitals, as well as high-traffic wireless consumer locations such as hotels, resorts and tourist attractions.

Alltel integration Verizon Wireless technicians have integrated more than 120 Alltel cell sites across the state to work as part of the largest and most advanced Verizon Wireless network. With the assimilation of former Alltel resources, many of which are located in smaller or more rural areas, the Verizon Wireless company-owned network now covers nearly the entire state and virtually 97 percent of Ohio’s population.

Test teams Verizon Wireless network technicians traveled more than 37,000 miles across the state so far this year in special vehicles to measure connection quality on the Verizon Wireless network versus other carriers. Using sophisticated testing equipment, the local test teams conducted more than 140,000 voice call attempts and 840,000 data tests on the Verizon Wireless network and those of major competitors to ensure network superiority.

4G LTE Verizon Wireless technicians have been making extensive hardware and software installations and enhancements to thousands of network resources (switching facilities, cell sites, etc.) to bring the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to Ohio. The initial availability of a 4G LTE wireless network in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati is part of the Verizon Wireless’ major network launch in 38 major metropolitan areas by the end of the year. 4G LTE will deliver significantly greater high-speed network capacity than even today’s most advanced 3G coverage.

Ongoing effort The company’s ongoing network investment in Ohio now totals more than $1.8 billion. Nationally, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $60 billion since it was formed to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services.

For more information on the Verizon Wireless network, visit www.verizonwireless.com.  

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 79,000 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.

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