News Release

Verizon Wireless Adds Cell Towers Near Laredo, Texas

July 24, 2003

Jimmy Duvall
Jimmy.Duvall@VerizonWireless.com
817-258-1980

Lora Friedrichsen
Golin/Harris International     
Lfriedrichsen@golinharris.com 
972-308-9138

LAREDO, TX — As part of a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service in and around Laredo, Texas, Verizon Wireless — the nation's leading provider of wireless communications — expanded its network with three new cell towers in the area during the second quarter of 2003.  Verizon Wireless has activated a total of 95 cell towers in Texas since January.

 

The following cell towers were added to enhance coverage in and around Laredo:

  • The Laredo Country Club cell site located on east Del Mar Drive provides coverage inside Loop 20 on North East Laredo between Texas A&M and Del Mar.

  • One tower located on Ranch Road 1472 provides coverage from Columbia Toll Bridge to La Bota.

  • The Del Mar cell site located in Laredo is a new flagpole site that expands coverage in the Del Mar area. 
             

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $8 billion nationwide in network development during the past two years.  Network expansion in the Laredo area is a result of Verizon Wireless' ongoing efforts to enhance its digital network — the largest in the United States — and improve its coverage and call reliability in Texas, said David McCarley, executive director of network for Verizon Wireless' Texas Region. 

 

 "The performance of our digital network is a key reason Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless service provider in the nation," McCarley said.  "The activation of new towers in the Laredo area demonstrates our commitment to providing the nation's highest-quality wireless network to customers in Texas." 

           

Recent network enhancements in Texas will benefit all customers, especially those on the carrier's Texas Local DigitalChoiceSM plan, which makes every call in Texas a local one with no roaming or long distance charges.

 

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 http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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