BIRMINGHAM, AL — Verizon Wireless customers in Alabama can now access e-mail, everyday corporate data, the Internet and more at faster speeds, and upload files five to six times faster than before as Verizon Wireless rolls out the next-generation of its high-speed broadband network to several major metropolitan areas around the state including Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and Tuscaloosa. Based on CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) technology, the enhanced wireless broadband network provides Verizon Wireless customers with data uplink speeds significantly faster than the company's award-winning national EV-DO network, which the company rolled out in Alabama in 2006 and January of this year.
The faster network coverage for the cities of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa offers more than 1250 square miles and continuous connection between the two cities. The Birmingham coverage area extends from Gardendale to Carlera and from Vance to Westover and includes the corridors of I-65 from just north of Gardendale to Calera and along I-20 from Moody to Vance. In Tuscaloosa, coverage extends northeast on I-20 to Birmingham and southwest on I-20 to the Greene County Line. In addition, coverage includes the University of Alabama campus, Lake Tuscaloosa and extends west on U.S. Highway 82 through Coker and north along U.S. Highway 43 to just north of Samantha.
The Huntsville coverage area offers more than 665 square miles of coverage stretching from Decatur to Athens and Decatur through Huntsville north to the Tennessee State Line along U.S. Highway 231/431. The east and west points of coverage extend from Madison including the Huntsville Airport along I-565, Hwy 72 and County Line Road to Owens Cross Road along Hwy 431 including the Hampton Cover area.
The Mobile coverage extends more than 1460 square miles from Schillinger Road on the west side of the city to Mobile Bay and from State Road 158 on the north side of Mobile to Theodore south of the city.
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.
"Alabama customers in these cities are already enjoying the benefits of our wirelesss broadband network," said Jeff Mango, president, Alabama/Georgia region for Verizon Wireless. "With the rollout of Rev. A, we're taking wireless broadband for business and entertainment to the next level and delivering an even faster more robust wireless data experience to our customers."
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 with the company's existing wireless broadband network, plus interact with Web-based applications with improved latency for a better customer experience. For example, BroadbandAccess customers in enhanced wireless broadband coverage areas can expect average download speeds of 450-800 kilobits per second (kbps) and average upload speeds of 300-400 kbps, which translates to being able to 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 size file in less than 25 seconds. The enhanced network 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). Alabama customers purchasing either device can get significantly faster upload speeds and improved download speeds when in an enhanced network coverage area. Alabama customers interested in purchasing either device can contact their local business sales representative by calling 1-800-899-4249 or by visiting their local Verizon Wireless Communications Store. Devices are also available online at www.verizonwireless.com.
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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.