News Release

Verizon Wireless 'Beefs Up' Wireless Capacity, Invests Nearly $2 Million to Prepare for Democratic National Convention

FleetCenter Receives a Boost; Network COW Visits Downtown Boston

July 7, 2004

J. Abra Degbor
JAbra.Degbor@VerizonWireless.com
781-481-1314Wendy Bulawa Agudelo
617-851-3426

WOBURN, MA — As Massachusetts plans for four days of street closings, traffic shifts and tightened security in the Boston area during the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Verizon Wireless has already invested nearly $2 million to enhance its network to handle the expected increase in wireless voice and data calls by Convention goers, tourists, the media and local residents.

The company has increased wireless capacity inside the FleetCenter and the immediate surrounding area to accommodate expanded cell phone coverage on the DNC convention floor, local streets, hotels and restaurants. Verizon Wireless will also add a "Cell On Wheels," or COW — a mobile cell site — to provide increased capacity, especially in high wireless traffic areas. Additional capacity has also been added to the newly constructed Convention Center, the World Trade Center and Fenway Park, locations where DNC events are currently being planned.

Verizon Wireless invests more than $1 billion in its network every 90 days to provide customers with the most extensive wireless voice and data network in the United States. The volume of voice calls and data usage demands of DNC visitors, Massachusetts telecommuters and visiting media representatives, has Verizon Wireless planning for a very busy week in late July.

"We've made equipment upgrades and added capacity to stay ahead of the expected usage increase on our network during the DNC, and we're planning to maintain superior quality in our network performance," said Bob Stott, president of Verizon Wireless' New England Region.

The company offers useful wireless solutions including its NationalAccess high-speed wireless Internet access service, TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging, TXT-based alerts and news reports, as well as downloadable ringtones, games and business applications.

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 40 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/verizonwireless.  

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