News Release

Verizon Wireless Upgrades Colorado Springs Network

Wireless Provider Enhances Coverage At The Airport

May 21, 2001

Debra Havins
debra.havins@verizonwireless.com
303-694-8560

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — In its continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, today announced that it has upgraded its digital network in area around the Colorado Springs airport. This upgrade improves Verizon Wireless' coverage and enhances call quality for customers using their wireless phones at the airport north to Platte Avenue, south to Bradley, west to South Chelton Road and east to MarkSheffel.

"The ultimate factor in the quality of wireless service - and the customer's satisfaction - is the network that carries the call, and the recent enhancement to the Springs' network is another example of Verizon Wireless' commitment to delivering superior network quality in all of our markets," said Marni Walden, regional president for Verizon Wireless. "We invested more than $40 million in the Colorado wireless network last year, and plan to more than double that investment in 2001."

Verizon Wireless' local network has experienced significant growth in call volume over the last several months. The enhanced network is designed to meet the current needs of local wireless users and enabled increased use. This upgrade, and many others planned throughout the state, is part of Verizon Wireless' planned $4 billion investment in 2001 to improve its extensive, nationwide wireless network.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 27 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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