News Release

Verizon Wireless Adds New Cell Site and More Digital Service in Virginia Beach

New Technology Expands Network Capacity

November 18, 2001

John Johnson
john.h.johnson@verizonwireless.com
240-568-1429

Gena Reeder
greeder@siddall.com
804-343-5052

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Verizon Wireless today announced it has placed a new digital cell site in the Timberlake area. The added capacity will improve wireless service along Holland Road from south of I-264 to Shipps Corner, an area that is growing in wireless phone usage.

The net result is that users will experience fewer blocked or dropped calls as well as fewer busy signals during peak calling times.

The project is part of the company's $200 million initiative to build out its network in the Washington-Baltimore-Virginia region. In 2001, Verizon Wireless is investing more than $4 billion in its nationwide wireless network.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28.7 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 and GTE Wireless. 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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