News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Network Capacity, Enhances Service in Fairfax County, VA

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

January 14, 2004

John Johnson
John.H.Johnson@VerizonWireless.com
240-568-1429Sherri Cunningham
202-364-5856

Fairfax County, VA — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for local residents, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider, has completed work that increases by 25 percent the number of calls its extensive wireless network can handle for customers in Fairfax County, Va. The expansion provides improved wireless service along Lee Chapel Road near Sandy Run Regional Park and Ox Rd.

The new capacity increase is part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand in the region for Verizon Wireless voice and data services, like two-way text messaging and Internet access.

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 of the most frequently traveled roadways nationwide in specially equipped, company-owned quality test vehicles.

"This network expansion allows us to meet the growing need of local businesses and consumers for their voice calls and data applications, like our two-way text messaging service, high-speed NationalAccess service and Get It Now® downloadable applications like games and ringtones," said Patrick Devlin, Verizon Wireless regional president.

NationalAccess is the company's nationwide high-speed data service providing truly mobile Internet access at speeds up to 144 kilobits per second (kbps). 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 36 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.  To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com.  

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