News Release

Verizon Wireless Expands Wireless Broadband Network To Rockford, Ill., And Surrounding Towns

High-Speed Network Gives Customers Access to Fast Wireless Internet, E-mail, Mobile Music, and Videos

January 29, 2008

Carolyn Schamberger
carolyn.schamberger1@verizonwireless.com
847-619-4282Tricia Walli
For Verizon Wireless
pwalli@webershandwick.com
312-988-2019

ROCKFORD, IL — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has expanded the national rollout of its high-speed wireless network to Rockford, Ill.

The expansion covers the entire Rockford metropolitan area and includes the surrounding communities of Freeport, Lena, and Galena to the west and DeKalb and Sycamore to the east. In northwestern Illinois, Verizon Wireless' broadband network now spans north into Wisconsin, south to U.S. Interstate 80, west into Iowa, and east to the Kane County/McHenry County border.

Verizon Wireless' broadband network was introduced in Illinois in Chicagoland in January 2005, with expansion to the Springfield-Decatur market in 2006, and to the Peoria market in 2007.

"Rockford is a vital area with dynamic, tech-savvy business people and consumers who want to stay connected," said T.J. Fox, president — Illinois/Wisconsin region, Verizon Wireless. "The expansion of our broadband network in Rockford and the surrounding area provides our customers with access to the very latest wireless technology."

With the wireless broadband network now available in Rockford and the surrounding area, Verizon Wireless customers in those communities can enjoy two prime services:

  • BroadbandAccess, the enhanced high-speed wireless service that equips Verizon Wireless' business customers with a truly untethered mobile office experience, enabling them to wirelessly access their calendars, the Internet, e-mail, and critical business information residing behind their companies' firewalls; and
  • V CAST, a consumer-oriented multimedia service that gives customers access to the most comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos and the coolest 3D games found anywhere.

BroadbandAccess
Based on Evolution-Data Optimized Revision A (EV-DO Rev. A) network technology, BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers with the ability to access their corporate information as if they were attached to this data via a high-speed wired connection but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, the service enables large enterprises, small- to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.

With BroadbandAccess, business customers, residents and visitors can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps. That means they 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.

BroadbandAccess also enables Verizon Wireless customers to download files approximately 10 times faster than customers of wireless service providers that use different broadly deployed network technologies. Furthermore, customers who travel outside the enhanced BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to the company's NationalAccess service.

"Our enhanced BroadbandAccess service gives our customers three key advantages in wireless communication — speed, mobility and security," Fox said. "With these advantages comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits."

V CAST: Video and Music
The company's wireless broadband network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, which offer customers the ability to download full-song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their handsets with top transmission speeds. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of on demand videos, including breaking news, weather updates, sports highlights, and the hottest entertainment clips.

With V CAST Music, Verizon Wireless has built a massive full-song mobile music store that contains more than 2.5 million songs — from well-known as well as independent artists — that customers can download over-the-air, directly onto their V CAST Music-enabled wireless phones.

Investment
The multi-million dollar expansion includes the installation of high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout the area. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $40 billion since it was formed — more than $5 billion on average every year — to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. More than $1 billion of this investment was spent in Illinois.

Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, 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 65.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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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