News Release

Verizon Wireless High-Speed Broadband Network Now Available In Central Arkansas

Residents And Visitors Can Now Enjoy High-Speed Wireless Internet, E-mail, Mobile Music And Gaming

February 26, 2007

Jimmy Duvall
Jimmy.Duvall@VerizonWireless.com
972-444-5515Mark Scott
Stone Ward for Verizon Wireless
mscott@stoneward.com  
501-604-6155

LITTLE ROCK, AR — Verizon Wireless customers in Arkansas now have access to the fastest wireless service available, supported by the nation's most reliable network, with the launch of the company's high-speed wireless broadband network, a popular service for tech-savvy residents, visitors and businesses.

The multi-million dollar expansion of the company's Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network in Little Rock and surrounding areas, along with its enhanced Revision A (Rev-A) technology, will allow faster access through Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess and V CAST services. Local Verizon Wireless customers now have access to the latest high-speed business and entertainment services on their wireless phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices.

The company's national wireless broadband network, the first in the nation, is available to more than 200 million Americans in 242 major metropolitan areas and 180 major airports from coast to coast.

BroadbandAccess allows customers to connect wirelessly to the Internet, download e-mail and applications and log into their corporate servers via their laptop at broadband speeds. The technology provides mobile workers full access, productivity and security, just as if they were at their desks and attached via a high-speed wired connection but with the freedom of true mobility.

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 allows Verizon Wireless customers to download files approximately six times faster than customers of wireless service providers who use non-EV-DO technology.

The EV-DO launch further enhances the company's V CAST service, which provides customers with access to short video content, downloadable music and cutting-edge 3D games on their mobile phones. V CAST provides current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming on demand, and with access to more than 1.5 million songs, music lovers with a V CAST music-enabled phone can download and play their favorite songs — all while on the go.

"The expansion of our wireless broadband network gives residents access to the latest high-speed productivity and entertainment applications and services, and our continued investment in the region further strengthens the local network," said Luis M. Cruz, region president for Verizon Wireless. "We've set out to give our customers the fastest connection speeds possible and we've accomplished that with our latest network enhancements."

Verizon Wireless' continued network investment in Arkansas and throughout the country is key to maintaining the nation's most reliable network and meeting the needs of more than 59 million customers. The company has invested $35 billion in the last seven years — $5 billion on average every year since the company was formed and more than $6 billion in 2006 — to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services.

Customers in Central Arkansas can see a demonstration of the new services available by visiting a local Verizon Wireless store at:

  • Verizon Wireless Communications Store, 12018 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock
  • Verizon Wireless Communications Store, 4000 McCain Boulevard, North Little Rock
  • Verizon Wireless at Circuit City, 109 Markham Park Drive, Little Rock
  • Verizon Wireless at Circuit City, 4339 Warden Road, North Little Rock

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.

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