Verizon to Bless "State-of-the-Art" Wireless Switch on Wed. December 8th In Hawaii

HONOLULU, HI — Verizon Wireless, which operates the nation’s most reliable and largest voice and 3G data network, successfully “turned on” its new high-tech switching facility in Hawaii, which is designed to further strengthen wireless coverage and advanced services for customers throughout the region. The facility recently began handling millions of calls and wireless data transmissions to and from Hawaii.

The 29,000-square-foot Mobile Telephone Switching Office (MTSO), located in Central O’ahu, is replacing an older facility on the island. With a comprehensive array of the most advanced wireless network technologies, including both 3G and 4G LTE the new MTSO has the capacity to handle tens of millions of voice calls and wireless data transmissions, such as texts, photo and video messages; downloads of games, music and other applications; uploads to social media sites; Web surfing, and more.

The building was designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane and is a big part of the company’s $34 million dollar network investment in Hawaii in 2010. The structure includes fully redundant back-up power generation, further enhancing the emergency and everyday reliability of the Verizon Wireless network. The switch will serve as the company’s Emergency Operations Center for Hawaii in the event of a hurricane or other crisis.

WHAT: Blessing ceremony and tour of new Verizon Wireless Hawaii Switch facility

WHEN: Wednesday, December 8th at 10:30 am

WHERE: Location info provided—upon confirmation of attendance:

WHO: Verizon Wireless Network and West Area Executives

On Sunday, December 5th, Verizon Wireless launched its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless service in 38 markets and more than 60 airports nationally, including HNL.

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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: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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