WHITEWATER, WI — Verizon Wireless today announced it has activated five new cell sites in Walworth County that bring the nation's most reliable network to area residents. This new coverage area is in the northwestern portion of Walworth County and includes the communities of Richmond, Lauderdale, Wandawega, La Grange, and Whitewater, including the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus.
In March, Verizon Wireless announced plans to expand coverage to approximately 59,000 residents in Walworth, Jefferson and Rock counties by mid-June. "With such a large demand for reliable wireless coverage in this area, we pushed to complete the expansion ahead of schedule," said T.J. Fox, president Wisconsin/Illinois region, Verizon Wireless. "We are continually investing in and perfecting our network so our customers can take advantage of all our services no matter where they live or travel."
Expanding its network into Walworth County is part of Verizon Wireless' effort to enlarge its coverage area, improve indoor reception, increase capacity, and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Wisconsin and throughout the country. Since the company was formed in 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $222 million in Wisconsin on improvements to its network to increase the coverage and capacity, and to add new services. More than $37 million of this investment was spent in Wisconsin in 2007.
High-Speed Features: BroadbandAccess, V CAST
With this expansion, Verizon Wireless customers in Walworth County can now access the company's high-speed wireless network and enjoy two prime services: BroadbandAccess and V CAST multimedia services.
Based on Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) network technology, BroadbandAccess provides users access to their 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 through a secure, high-speed data connection.
With BroadbandAccess, users can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500 kbps to 800 kbps. 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. Customers who travel outside the BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to Verizon Wireless' existing NationalAccess network.
The company's high-speed 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 handset with top transmission speeds. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of on-demand videos, including breaking news, weather, sports highlights and the hottest entertainment clips. V CAST Music, available to customers with V CAST Music-enabled handsets, is the world's most comprehensive, over-the-air mobile music service. Customers with V CAST Music can download song tracks directly to their Verizon Wireless handsets or to PCs equipped with Windows® XP or Vista operating systems. The V CAST Music on demand service includes access to a catalog of more than 3 million songs.
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.