CHARLOTTE, NC — Verizon Wireless announced today that over $146 million was invested in 2006 to enhance and improve the company's voice and data wireless network across North Carolina, which increasesincreasing the company's total investment over the past six years six-year investment to over $531 million. The investment includesed Verizon Wireless' history making deployment of wireless service in several eastern North Carolina markets including Wilmington, Greenville, Rocky Mount, Roanoke Rapids, Goldsboro, New Bern and Jacksonville.
Additionally in 2006, Verizon Wireless launched the company's Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) third generation (3G) wide-area network in several NC markets, including Greensboro, Wilmington, Greenville and Jacksonville. Verizon Wireless' national EV-DO network now includes 181 major metropolitan areas and is currently available to approximately 162 million Americans coast to coast.
Verizon Wireless also opened several new retail stores during 2006 in the towns of Goldsboro, Greenville, Jacksonville, Rocky Mount, Wilmington, Hendersonville, Pineville, Asheville and Mooresville extending the company's customer service options and creating employment opportunities for many North Carolina residents.
"Providing our customers with the nation's most reliable network* in the wireless industry means investing millions of dollars every year to deliver dependable wireless coverage to our customers," said Jerry Fountain, Verizon Wireless Carolinas/Tennessee region president. "By bringing our network to eastern North Carolina in early 2006, we have given residents more options for their wireless needs and advanced our goal to service the state from the mountains to the coast."
Verizon Wireless is committed to offering customers the most reliable service on the nation's best wireless voice and data network*. To support that claim, the company's engineers conduct more than 750,000 voice call attempts and more than four million data tests quarterly on Verizon Wireless' and other national wireless carriers' networks. The company's engineers travel approximately 220,000 miles of the most frequently traveled roadways nationwide in specially equipped, company-owned quality test vehicles.
For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services in North Carolina, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or visit www.verizonwireless.com.
* Network details at www.verizonwireless.com/bestnetwork.
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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company 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.