SIOUX FALLS, SD — Verizon Wireless announced today it invested $40 million in 2011 to enhance its network in South Dakota, including the expansion of its groundbreaking 4G LTE network to Sioux Falls and Rapid City, giving more South Dakotans access to the most advanced 4G LTE network in the world.
The company’s continuing investment to support South Dakota’s infrastructure required for economic development and robust business growth included:
- Adding new cell sites and upgrading equipment on existing cell sites to increase coverage and capacity of the company’s voice and data network;
- Installing permanent backup generators at cell sites to ensure the network remains reliable during times of crisis;
- And, prepping the backbone of the network to deploy 4G LTE at urban and rural locations across the state.
“We know South Dakotans depend on their smartphones, tablets, laptop modems and other wireless devices to stay connected, to be more productive and for entertainment,” said Seamus Hyland, president–Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. “As Verizon continues to cover America with the blazing fast speeds 4G LTE offers, customers will depend on our network even more, thereby changing the face of how we do business and utilize our wireless devices.”
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is available in 195 US markets and covers more than 200 million people, providing the fastest 4G network in the United States. Full nationwide deployment of the company’s 4G LTE network is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2013.
Verizon Wireless has invested more than $70 billion since it was formed to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide networks and to add new services. Since 2001, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $296 million in its network in South Dakota.
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