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One Year After 4G LTE Launch In Boston, Massachusetts, Verizon Wireless Has A New (England) Map For That

$297 Million Invested Regionally in 2011; New England Wireless Network Investment Surpasses $3 Billion Milestone

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February 12, 2012

Michael Murphy
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WILMINGTON, MA — One year after introducing America’s fastest 4G network, Verizon Wireless today announced the completion of $297 million in wireless network enhancements across New England during 2011, increasing the company's regional network investment to more than $3 billion since its inception in 2000. During the year, Verizon Wireless expanded its 4G LTE network, providing customers with speeds up to ten times faster than 3G, to more than 195 markets nationwide, including a dozen throughout New England. Nationally, 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.

Verizon Wireless Brings 4G LTE to New England: A Timeline

Additional Regional Network Milestones in 2011

Verizon Wireless’ Viewpoints

“Our New England-area investment in network coverage, reliability, and technology, including 4G LTE, topped $297 million in 2011 and provided many businesses and residents the opportunity to connect in faster, more innovative ways,” said Christine Berberich, New England Region President for Verizon Wireless. “As New England’s wireless leader, we continue to aggressively invest in our networks and plan to bring 4G LTE to many more communities in 2012.”

“Since 2000, we’ve invested over $3 billion into our New England wireless network to provide our customers the fastest and most reliable mobile coverage. After all, today’s wireless devices are still only as fast and reliable as the network they run on,” commented Rich Enright, Executive Director of Network for Verizon Wireless.

4G LTE Overview

Verizon Wireless introduced the globe’s first large-scale LTE network on December 5, 2010, currently offers service in 195 markets nationwide, covering more than 200 million people, and is on course to deliver 4G LTE to its entire 3G wireless footprint by the end of 2013. The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G, including a contiguous, nationwide network license.

In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. When customers travel outside a 4G coverage area, their devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network was named “Fastest 4G Network Yet” by Popular Science’s 2011 Best of What’s New Awards, and was ranked No. 1 on PC World’s 100 Best Products of 2011. For more information about Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 108.7 million total wireless connections, including 92.2 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 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.

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