News Release

Verizon Wireless Adds New Cell Sites in Bergen County, New York

Thirteen New Sites Activated in County During Past Year to Continue to Improve Service

March 15, 2004

David Samberg
David.Samberg@VerizonWireless.com
845-365-7212Robin B. Nicol
robin.nicol@vivianipr.com
908-789-4719

ORANGEBURG, NY — In an ongoing effort to provide the best wireless service for residents and those who travel throughout Bergen County, Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, activated 13 new cell sites in the county in the past year.

The new sites are part of a planned investment in the company's national wireless network, the largest, most reliable in the country. Verizon Wireless spends $1 billion every 90 days to expand and upgrade its nationwide wireless network, and to introduce new services like picture messaging. The company now serves more than 37.5 million customers nationwide.

"Customers choose Verizon Wireless because they want wireless service they can depend on," said Charles Hand, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro area. "We continue to add new cell sites to serve the increasing number of customers who rely on our service for wireless calls, text messages, e-mail and other data services."

Of the 13 sites, seven have been activated since last September and improve coverage in the following areas:

  • In Moonachie, along Route 503 from Paterson Plank Road to Route 46, and on Moonachie Avenue between Grand Street and Route 503.
  • In Maywood, on Route 17 from Grove Avenue to Passaic Street, and on Maywood Avenue from East Central Avenue to Lafayette Street.
  • In Ridgefield Park and Hackensack, on Route 80 between exits 65 and 70, and on Route 17 from Hudson Avenue to Fort Lee Road.
  • In Oakland, on Route 287 from Exit 57 to 59, and on Route 202 from Dogwood Drive to Franklin Avenue, as well as on parts of Skyline Drive and West Oakland Avenue.
  • In Wood Ridge, on Route 17 from Orchard Street to Moonachie Avenue, and on Paterson Plank Road from 6th to 20th Streets.
  • In Hasbrouck Heights, on Route 17, Park Place East and Railroad Street from Moonachie Avenue to Route 46.
  • In Wyckoff, on Route 208 from Grandview Avenue to Franklin Avenue, and along portions of Wyckoff Avenue, Sicomac Avenue and Goffie Hill Road.

The remaining six sites, which were activated earlier in 2003, improve service in Lodi, Alpine, Elmwood Park, Ridgewood, Leonia and at Giants Stadium.*

Hand said he expects demand for Verizon Wireless' services to continue to be strong, now that customers are able to switch wireless carriers and keep their wireless phone numbers. "The artificial barrier, forcing customers to stay with one carrier, is gone and they are free to choose the best network," he said.

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.

*Editor's Note: For information about service area improvements in these towns, please contact Robin Nicol at 908-789-4719 or robin.nicol@vivianipr.com.  

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 37.5 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.  To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com/verizonwireless.

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