News Release

Verizon Wireless Launches First Phase Of Rollout Of Wireless Broadband Network In South Dakota

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

May 6, 2008

Karen Smith
Karen.Smith@VerizonWireless.com
763-595-2511Debbie Hilt
For Verizon Wireless
Debbie@AlbersCommunications.com  
402-292-5553 ext. 6

SIOUX FALLS, SD — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has expanded the national rollout of its high-speed wireless network to Sioux Falls. This rollout marks the first phase of the company's planned expansion of its wireless network in South Dakota. Over the next two months the rollout will include further coverage around Sioux Falls, contiguous coverage along Interstate 90 to Rapid City and coverage north of I-90 to Pierre.

"Sioux Falls represents a vital market with dynamic, tech-savvy business people, residents and students who want to stay connected," said Nancy B. Clark, president — Great Plains region, Verizon Wireless. "The launch of our broadband network here provides our customers with access to the very latest wireless technology."

The Sioux Falls high-speed network overlays the company's existing data network within Minnehaha and Lincoln counties and extends north of Sioux Falls along Interstate 29 to 246th Street, west along I-90 to Buffalo Ridge, east along I-90 to State Highway 11, and south along I-29 to County Road 140.

With the wireless broadband network, Verizon Wireless customers in the area now 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 (EV-DO) Revision A (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 to Sioux Falls 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 significantly 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," Clark said. "With these advantages comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits."

V CAST: Video and Music
Verizon Wireless' 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 3 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 region. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $45 billion since it was formed — $5.5 billion on average every year — to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. More than $174 million of this investment was spent in South Dakota over the past seven years on network improvements.

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 67.2 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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