Hawaii Customers Benefit From $40 Million Verizon Wireless Network Investment In 2010

HONOLULU, HI — Verizon Wireless invested nearly $40 million during 2010 in Hawaii to provide new wireless services, network coverage and additional capacity for its customers across the state. The multi-million spend in 2010 brings Verizon Wireless network investment in the Aloha State to more than $254 million in the last decade, and more than $65 billion nationally.

The 2010 investment funded Verizon’s new state-of-the-art wireless switch facility in Mililani and continued enhancement of the company’s industry-leading 3G network, and initial rollout of the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) high-speed wireless network.

“Through consistent annual investment and rigorous daily attention from an amazing team of network engineers in Hawaii, we’ve built the largest and most reliable 3G network that will serve our customers for many years to come,” said Kelley Kurtzman, Verizon Wireless Pacific Northwest region president. “At the same time, we’ve launched our 4G LTE network with blazing speeds at Honolulu International Airport and coming soon to the rest of Honolulu, Lahaina, Kahului and Wailuku.”

In December, Verizon Wireless launched 4G LTE in 38 markets and 60 airports nationwide covering 110 million people. The company will continue to expand 4G LTE in these areas and into more than 140 new markets in 2011, including cities on O’ahu and Maui (listed above) and is scheduled to cover the entire state with the advanced wireless technology by 2013.

Continuing to enhance both the Hawaii 3G and 4G LTE networks will help ensure that customers receive the most reliable and advanced coverage for making voice calls, sending e-mails, text and picture messages, connecting to the Internet and accessing tens of thousands of applications, games, video, music and many other features from their phone, notebook, netbook, tablet or other wireless device.

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

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 94 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 82,000 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.