News Release

Verizon Wireless Improves Digital Coverage And Capacity In Downtown Syracuse

August 8, 2001

John O'Malley
john.omalley@verizonwireless.com
716-321-7264

ROCHESTER, NY — Verizon Wireless has added capacity to a key downtown Syracuse cell site, improving wireless coverage and capacity along West Genesee Street and I-690.

According to Gene Fassett, executive director of network for Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region, upgrading capacity and hardware at the West Genesee Street site will provide the wireless carrier's Syracuse-area subscribers and travelers with improved wireless coverage when making cellular calls across the region.

The site upgrade is part of the $4 billion investment program this year to improve and extend the reach of the Verizon Wireless nationwide network. More than $100 million of that investment is being used to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless products and services in the Upstate New York region.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28 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 97 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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