POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Verizon Wireless announced today it has doubled the size of its high-speed wireless broadband network in the Hudson Valley and Lower Catskills area by expanding the service into eastern Dutchess County, western Orange and Ulster counties, and into Sullivan County. Customers throughout the area can now access the Internet, e-mail, corporate data, and multimedia entertainment services at faster speeds and send large data files five to six times faster than before as the company continues to expand the next-generation of its high-speed wireless broadband network across Upstate New York.
The company has added CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) technology to dozens of cell sites throughout Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan ,and Ulster counties, effectively doubling the size of its existing local EV-DO network. Verizon Wireless customers can now access the company's BroadbandAccess and V CAST services in dozens of communities throughout Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties.
Verizon Wireless' EV-DO network launched in the Hudson Valley area in December 2006. Coverage now stretches from Buffalo east through Syracuse, Albany north to Glens Falls and south through the Poughkeepsie area, Binghamton west through the Elmira/Corning area, and in Ithaca. The entire Upstate New York EV-DO network is now Rev. A-capable, meaning customers can enjoy even faster speeds when both downloading and sending large files than before on the company's broadband data network.
"Verizon Wireless is focused on providing the best customer experience and a major part of that commitment is making sure we continue to have the best, most reliable network," said Marquett Smith, president of Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York region. "Instead of merely offering wireless broadband service in downtown areas or near airports, we're committed to giving our customers the ability to access the Internet, corporate data and premium entertainment content at broadband speeds throughout the Hudson Valley and Lower Catskills area."
The company's national wireless broadband network, the first in the nation, is already available to more than 210 million Americans and close to 200 major airports from coast to coast, including the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, the Greater Rochester International Airport and the Albany International Airport.
"Our enhanced BroadbandAccess service gives our customers three key advantages in wireless communication: speed, mobility and security," said Smith. "With these advantages comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits."
Consumers and mobile professionals can use BroadbandAccess to access their corporate information on their laptops and e-mail on their PDAs, and through V CAST multimedia services, can download popular TV show clips, music videos and full-length songs from a library of over 2.1 million tunes, plus access cool 3D games.
BroadbandAccess customers in enhanced wireless broadband coverage areas can expect average download speeds between 600 kilobits per second (kbps) up to 1.4 megabits per second (mbps) and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps, translating 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, approximately ten times faster than customers of other wireless service providers that use different broadly deployed network technologies.
BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access with a new one- or two-year agreement. For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers can receive unlimited BroadbandAccess service for $59.99 monthly access without having a voice plan. A new two-year customer agreement is required. BroadbandAccess service also is available as an integrated option on select notebook and laptop computers.
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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.