News Release

Verizon Wireless To Activate Mobile Cell Site At Arizona State Capitol For Monday

Cell On Light Truck (COLT) To Be Deployed To Provide Additional Wireless Capacity For Expected Crowds

April 9, 2006

Jenny Weaver
Verizon Wireless
Jenny.Weaver@verizonwireless.com  
480-763-6321

PHOENIX, AZ — MEDIA ADVISORY

WHO:
Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network

WHAT:
Verizon Wireless is deploying its Cell on Light Truck (COLT), a self-contained $500,000 mobile cell site used for rapid response in Arizona, to boost capacity at the Arizona State Capitol for Monday, April 10. The 25,000 lb. COLT features two retractable masts — 30 and 60 ft. tall —, a microwave antenna and an emergency power generator.

MOBILE CELL SITE FLEET:
Verizon Wireless owns, maintains and deploys a fleet of Cells on Light Trucks (COLTS) and Cells on Wheels (COWS) that can be mobilized quickly to provide wireless coverage and capacity in the event of a natural disaster or other community need.

NETWORK RELIABILITY:
In addition to the fleet of mobile equipment, Verizon Wireless' nationwide network reliability is supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures, which have proven particularly valuable during natural disasters and other emergencies. Standard Verizon Wireless network reliability features include battery back-up power at all facilities as well as generators installed at all switching facilities and many cell site locations.

NETWORK INVESTMENT:
In Arizona, Verizon Wireless invested more than $85 million in network enhancements in 2005. The company has invested more than $370 million over a five-year period in Arizona network upgrades alone.

B-ROLL AVAILABLE:
B-Roll and high-quality still photographs of Verizon Wireless' Arizona-based COLT can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

CONTACT:
Jenny Weaver
Verizon Wireless
Jenny.Weaver@verizonwireless.com  
480-763-6321

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE: VOD and LSE). 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.  

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