News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Digital Service in Syracuse

Investing to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Calling, Data Access

July 27, 2002

John O'Malley
John.OMalley@VerizonWireless.com
585-321-7264

SYRACUSE, NY — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, has expanded its digital network in Syracuse with the addition of a new cell site at Carousel Center. The new site will provide improved wireless coverage and capacity in and around the mall.

The new cell site is part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless voice and data services in Upstate New York.

"This network expansion will allow us to meet the growing need of local businesses and consumers for their voice calls and data applications, including our high-speed Express NetworkSM and two-way text messaging service," said Gene Fassett, executive director of Network for Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region.

This investment is part of the company's commitment to offer customers the most reliable service available on the nation's largest wireless network. The company's 'most reliable network' claim is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women who inspired the company's national advertising campaign. They conduct more than 300,000 call attempts monthly on Verizon Wireless' and other national wireless carriers' networks while traveling over 100,000 miles nationwide in specially equipped company-owned quality test vehicles.

Express Network is the first national high-speed wireless data network, reaching more people than any other wireless data network in the US. Express Network provides the fastest wireless Internet service available, with bursts up to 144 kilobits per second (kbps) and gives users full Internet access, intranet access and traditional email functionality via a laptop at unprecedented speeds for wireless access. Users can expect average speeds between 40 and 60 kbps, significantly higher than speeds being produced by competing technologies and comparable, if not faster, to what PC users get when using a dial-up Internet service. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $8 billion over the last two years in its nationwide network, offering customers access to the most extensive wireless voice and data network in the United States.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 33.3 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.

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