WALNUT CREEK, CA — Verizon Wireless customers in Sacramento and the North Valley can now access e-mail, everyday corporate data, the Internet and more at faster speeds and upload files eight to nine times faster than before.
Verizon Wireless is rolling out the next-generation of its high-speed broadband network in Sacramento and the surrounding North Valley communities of Chico, Marysville, Oroville, Redding and Yuba City.
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.
In Northern California, the faster network coverage area includes Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, the San Francisco Bay Area, Stockton and Tracy.
Verizon Wireless' national wireless broadband network, the first in the nation, is already available to more than 200 million people in 242 major metropolitan areas and 180 major airports from coast to coast.
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.
"Sacramento and North Valley customers are already enjoying the benefits of our broadband wireless network. We're taking wireless to the next level by introducing Rev. A technology that helps customers work even faster and enjoy a more robust wireless data experience," said Rich Garwood, regional president of Verizon Wireless.
"The launch of this next generation of our high-speed broadband network is part of our ongoing, significant investment in the state of California."
Verizon Wireless invested more than $715 million to enhance its California voice and data wireless network in 2006, and more than $4 billion in the state over the past six years.
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 eight to nine 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.
The network provides Verizon Wireless customers with faster access for sending and uploading data.
For example, BroadbandAccess customers in enhanced wireless broadband coverage areas can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps. This 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 about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds.
Devices that take advantage of Verizon Wireless' enhanced Rev. A wireless broadband network include the new V740 ExpressCard, the compact USB720 wireless modem, the AirCard 595 and PC5750 PC Card. All of these devices are fully compatible with both the company's wireless broadband network and its NationalAccess network (based on CDMA 1xRTT technology).
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 60.7 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 66,000 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.