News Release

Nevada Wireless Users Benefit From A More Than $65 Million Investment By Verizon Wireless

Company's Enhancements Exceed $215 Million Since 2000

January 17, 2006

Jenny Weaver
Jenny.Weaver@VerizonWireless.com
480-763-6321Heidi Flato
Heidi.Flato@VerizonWireless.com  
925-279-6545

LAS VEGAS, NV — Verizon Wireless announced today it completed a more than $65 million enhancement to Nevada's voice and data wireless network in 2005. The investment includes adding and updating cell sites and installing new technologies to improve call quality, increase coverage areas, and enable a variety of advanced services such as TXT and Picture Messaging, V CAST, BroadbandAccess, and other applications.

The network investment, which totals more than $215 million over the past five years is also key to maintaining strong coverage.

Since the beginning of 2005, the network investments in Nevada have resulted in:

  • Greater Las Vegas network upgrades, which enabled V CAST, the nation's first 3G wireless broadband multimedia service for consumers, and BroadbandAccess, the fastest wide-area wireless Internet access service available in the nation. Both services run on the company's high-speed EV-DO (Evolution Data-Optimized) wireless broadband network, which is available from coast to coast.
  • A series of new cell sites throughout the state, including in Henderson; along the Las Vegas Strip; and along major transportation corridors including I-15 and Highway 215.
  • In June, installation of cell site repeater equipment to provide additional wireless coverage and capacity on Mount Potosi in southern Nevada to support firefighters and other emergency crews battling the Goodsprings Fire.

Editor's note: For network cell site images go to www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

"Providing customers with the nation's most reliable wireless network means making large-scale investments year after year," said Tami Erwin, regional president, Verizon Wireless. "We've proven that these efforts pay off with strong network performance in Nevada on testing by our real life test men and women."

Verizon Wireless is dedicated to delivering outstanding customer satisfaction by providing a positive wireless experience to its more than 49 million customers. The company has regularly invested more than $4 billion nationally each year since it's inception — and more than $5.5 billion last year alone.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 49.3 million voice and data 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 preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

Test Man/Woman Ride-Along Program
The specially equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test seven wireless providers, using a computerized program to generate phonically diverse "conversations" as well as data transmissions. Members of the media who are interested in setting up an interview ride-along with a local member of the Verizon Wireless team of real-life test men and women, are invited to contact Jenny Weaver at 480-763-6321 or e-mail Jenny.Weaver@VerizonWireless.com for southern Nevada and Heidi Flato at 925-279-6545 or Heidi.Flato@VerizonWireless.com for northern Nevada.

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