BANGOR, ME — Verizon Wireless has announced a significant network expansion in Maine through the activation of 13 cell sites across the Maine Highlands reaching Bangor, Carmel, Etna and Orono. This expansion brings the total cell site additions in Maine to more than 50 this year.
Maine residents and visitors can now send and receive wireless calls when traveling to see local Bangor landmarks like the 31-foot statute of Paul Bunyan, or horror novelist Stephen King's home. During the Fall Foliage season 'leaf peepers' will be able to snap photos or record video of the New England scenery to send wirelessly to friends and families.
Additional Wireless Service in Maine Now Available
With these additional 13 sites, Verizon Wireless service now reaches York County north through Penobscot County and along Maine's bustling coastline. The new sites provide service to the following areas:
- Randolph: Provides new coverage and capacity along US-201, ME-9, ME-26, ME-27, and ME-226 as well as the town of Randolph and across the river into downtown Gardiner, providing connectivity with existing sites in Gardiner to the south and Farmingdale to the north
- Bangor (4 sites): Provides new coverage along I-95, ME-9, ME-15, ME-100, ME-178, ME-220, ME-222, and US-2 as well as portions of the Town of Bangor and Bangor Airport. The sites link coverage with each other as well as with the new site in Orono and the existing sites in Eddington and Hermon
- Brewer: Provides coverage and capacity along I-395 and US-1 Alt as well as the southern portion of the Town of Brewer, joining with the new Bangor sites and existing Holden site
- Carmel (2 sites): Provides new coverage along I-95, ME-69 and ME-100/US-2. The sites tie-in coverage with each other as well as new Hampden site to the east and the existing Etna site to the west
- Etna: Provides new coverage along I-95, ME-69, and ME-7, providing interconnection to the new Carmel site to the east and the existing Plymouth site to the west
- Hampden (2 sites): Provides new coverage along I-95, and US-202. The sites connect coverage with each other as well as new Carmel site to the west and the existing sites in Hermon, Brewer and Orrington
- Old Town: Provides coverage along I-95, US-2, US-2 Alt, ME-9 and ME-16, linking with the new Orono site and existing Eddington sites to the south
- Orono: Provides new coverage along I-95, joining with the new Bangor sites to the south and the Old Town site to the north
In addition to the 13 new activations, the company turned on a dozen new cell sites in February, more than 10 in April, and 14 in June resulting in more than 50 new sites in Maine over the past six months. This network expansion is part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year (more than $1 billion every 90 days), including well over $300 million in New England in 2005 alone, to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless voice and data services. Verizon Wireless has invested $30 billion-on average $5 billion a year-into its national wireless network over the past six years as part of its commitment to offer customers the most reliable service available, including wireless data services such as Picture Messaging and TXT Messaging.
Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the second quarter of 2006 as the company added 1.8 million net new customers and posted a record-breaking low customer turnover rate of 1.1%, well below the rate reported by the other major wireless carriers.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, 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.