Washington Customers Benefit From $114 Million Verizon Wireless Network Investment In 2010

BELLEVUE, WA — Verizon Wireless invested more than $114 million during 2010 in Washington to provide new wireless services, network coverage and additional capacity for its customers across the state. The multi-million expenditure in 2010 brings Verizon Wireless network investment in the Evergreen State to more than $1.21 billion in the last decade and more than $65 billion nationally.

The 2010 investment funded continued expansion and 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 Washington, 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 in Seattle and much of King County; you have to try it to believe it.”

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 Tacoma, Olympia and Centralia and is scheduled to cover the entire state with the advanced wireless technology by 2013.

Continuing to enhance both the Washington 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.