News Release

Verizon Wireless Launches Wireless Broadband Network In Rochester, Minnesota

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

May 29, 2008

Karen Smith
Karen.Smith@VerizonWireless.com
763-595-2511Matt Lindstrom
For Verizon Wireless
Matt@mcfarlandcahill.com
612-724-3701

ROCHESTER, MN — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has expanded the national rollout of its high-speed wireless network to Rochester, Minn. The expansion provides contiguous coverage with the company's existing high-speed network north of Rochester along U.S. Highway 52 from the Twin Cities and west in Dodge County. New coverage extends south of Rochester along U.S. Highway 63 to State Highway 30 in downtown Stewartville and east of Rochester to 30th Avenue Southeast.

"Rochester 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."

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 Rochester 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 $432.5 million of this investment was spent in Minnesota 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, and was the first carrier to launch high-speed service in Minnesota at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport on July 1, 2005, and within the Twin Cities metropolitan area on August 15, 2005. Since then, the company's phased rollout has included Duluth and northeastern Minnesota; Moorhead, Minn.; St. Cloud, Minn.; southern Minnesota along Interstate 35 to Owatonna; and increased coverage around the Twin Cities metropolitan area extending north along Interstate 35 to Hinckley, west along U.S.Highway 12 to Howard Lake and east along Interstate 94 to Hudson, Wis.

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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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