SPRINGFIELD, IL — Verizon Wireless customers in the Springfield-Decatur area can now have access to the Internet and to their e-mail and corporate data at faster speeds, uploading files five to six times faster than before as Verizon Wireless rolls out its next-generation high-speed broadband network. Based on CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) technology, the enhanced wireless broadband network provides Verizon Wireless customers in the Springfield-Decatur area with data uplink speeds significantly faster than the company's award-winning national EV-DO network, which the company rolled out in September of 2006.
The EV-DO Rev. A network coverage area spans approximately 1,000 square miles around the cities of Springfield and Decatur and surrounding communities, and covers routes between them along U.S. Interstate 72, providing Verizon Wireless customers with faster access for sending and uploading data. Nearby towns located north or south of this stretch of I-72 including Auburn, Boody, Buffalo, Chatham, Dalton City, Harristown, Macon, Mt. Zion, Oreana, Riverton, Rochester, Sherman, and Warrensburg are within the coverage area.
The company's existing EV-DO network enables customers to access BroadbandAccess on their laptops, e-mail on their PDAs, and V CAST Video and Music on their wireless phones. The company's national wireless broadband network, the first in the nation, is already available to more than 200 million Americans in 242 major metropolitan areas and 180 major airports from coast to coast.
"Our existing wireless broadband network has enabled customers to work remotely and stay entertained in unprecedented ways; now we're taking wireless to the next level by introducing technology that helps them work faster," said T.J. Fox, president, Illinois/Wisconsin region, Verizon Wireless. "Our customers who enjoy the latest technology will applaud Rev. A's faster data uplink speeds for their cutting-edge devices."
The company's flagship business data service, BroadbandAccess, will run faster and more efficiently with the new network enhancements. Customers in enhanced coverage areas can take advantage of upload speeds that are five to six times faster than that of the company's existing wireless broadband network, while interacting with Web-based applications with improved latency for a better customer experience. For example, BroadbandAccess customers in enhanced broadband wireless coverage areas can expect average download speeds of 450-800 kilobits per second (kbps) and average upload speeds of 300-400 kbps, which means customers can download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file in less than 15 seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 25 seconds. The enhanced coverage areas allow Verizon Wireless customers to download files approximately six times faster than customers of wireless service providers who use non-EV-DO technology.
The first two devices from Verizon Wireless that take advantage of faster speeds provided by these new network enhancements are the new compact USB720 wireless modem and the AirCard 595 PC Card from Verizon Wireless, which are fully compatible and backward compatible with the company's enhanced and existing wireless broadband networks and the company's NationalAccess network (based on CDMA 1xRTT technology). Springfield-Decatur customers purchasing either device can get significantly faster upload speeds and improved download speeds when in an enhanced network coverage area. Customers in the Springfield-Decatur area interested in purchasing either device can contact the Verizon Wireless business sales team at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ. The devices are also available online at www.verizonwireless.com.
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 operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 59 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 65,000 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.