DALLAS, TX — More customers in Central Texas can now access the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices thanks to Verizon Wireless. The company announced today it has launched its wireless broadband network in the Waco area, as part of the continued expansion of the Verizon Wireless Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network throughout Texas and across the country.
From Baylor students downloading their favorite songs to reporters using high-speed wireless Internet to file stories from the Western White House, everyone in Waco and the surrounding areas can now enjoy the true mobility of high-speed wireless data. Towns benefiting from the EV-DO expansion include Waco, Beverly Hills, Woodway, Robinson, Hewitt, Bellmead, Lacy-Lakeview, Axtell, Crawford, China Spring and Northcrest.
"This expansion is part of our continuing focus on providing the best high-speed data services to our customers in Texas," said Luis M. Cruz, region president for Verizon Wireless. "Now local businesses have access to the latest wireless technology with BroadbandAccess, and we know college students will quickly embrace the latest downloads from V CAST Music."
The Waco launch involved installing high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout the region and extends the Verizon Wireless EV-DO network to the area. The coverage area runs along Interstate 35 from FM 308 in the north to FM Baxley Road in the south. The expansion extends along US Highway 84 from Scheele Road to FM 939 as well as to the intersection of State Highway 6 and Patton Road.
BroadbandAccess allows customers to connect wirelessly to the Internet, download e-mail and applications, and log into their corporate servers via their laptop at broadband speeds. The technology provides mobile workers full access, productivity and security, just as if they were at their desks and attached via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility.
With average connection speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps), users can download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment - the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file - in about 20 seconds.
The technology was first introduced in Texas in Austin, and now also is available in the Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, Victoria, Laredo, Sherman/Denison, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange and Bryan/College Station metro areas.
The Verizon Wireless V CAST service gives customers access to short video content, downloadable music and cutting-edge 3D games on their mobile phone. V CAST provides current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming on demand. And with access to more than 1.4 million songs, music lovers with a V CAST Music-enabled phone can download and play their favorite songs all while on-the-go.
Verizon Wireless has invested $30 billion into its network in the last six years $5 billion on average every year since 2000 when the company was formed to ensure network reliability and increase coverage and capacity. Verizon Wireless continues to invest in the network locally as well, including activation of 30 new cell sites in the Waco area since 2000.
Customers can see a demonstration of the new services available by visiting the Verizon Wireless Communications Store at 2812 West Loop 340 Ste H-2 at the Central Texas Marketplace or contact Store Manager Maggie Vaught at 254-399-8948.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 56.7 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at 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.