BELLEVUE, WA — Verizon Wireless spent $54 million to enhance services and coverage throughout Washington State during the first half of 2007. The company's ongoing Washington network investment now totals more than $594 million over the past five and a half years part of its $40 billion nationwide network investment since the company was formed to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services.
More calls, more coverage
The company added new cells sites throughout the state in Blaine, Bothell, Ellensburg, Granite Falls, Kirkland, La Conner, Langley, Pullman, Snohomish, Redmond, Spokane, Tacoma, and Vancouver.
Faster wireless Internet
Along with turning up new cell sites in the state, the company also upgraded its high-speed Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO) technology to Revision A (Rev. A). Customers can securely access e-mail, everyday corporate data and the Internet at faster speeds. For example, with the enhancements customers can 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. The high-speed broadband network also enables V CAST multimedia services including Music, Video, Mobile Web 2.0SM, Wireless Sync or BlackBerry, and more.
"By continuing to expand and enhance our network coverage in Washington, we stay ahead of the growing demand for wireless voice and data services on the nation's most reliable wireless network. We also ensure our customers stay connected and entertained in unprecedented ways," said Kelley Kurtzman, regional president of Verizon Wireless.
The company's 'most reliable wireless voice and data network' reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and women throughout the country. These engineers make more than three million voice call attempts annually on Verizon Wireless' and other national carriers' networks. They drive approximately 91 specially-equipped vehicles almost 1,000,000 miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas, based upon U.S. Census counts, to test network performance, call quality and data network performance on the Verizon Wireless network and the networks of up to seven other wireless carriers.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 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.