GREENCASTLE, IN — Verizon Wireless today announced the completion of a major network expansion into Putnam County. Now, customers in Greencastle, at DePauw University and in other surrounding communities can make voice calls; send and receive e-mail and text, picture and video messages; access the Internet; view high-quality videos; and download music, games and ringtones on the nation's most reliable wireless network.
The company's multi-million dollar network investment, which includes building 16 new cell sites, also provides continuous coverage along Interstate 70 across Indiana.
In addition to Greencastle and DePauw University, the network expansion improves Verizon Wireless' voice and data network coverage in the following areas:
- Along U.S. Route 40 in Putnam County
- Along U.S. Route 231 between Greencastle and Spencer
- Along State Road 42 in southern Putnam County
- In Putnamville
- In Reelsville
- In Cloverdale
The expansion also includes the rollout of the company's high-speed wireless broadband network. Now, Verizon Wireless customers living in and traveling throughout Putnam County can enjoy two prime services: BroadbandAccess and V CAST.
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. 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," said Greg Haller, president Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan region, Verizon Wireless. "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 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.
"Our customers choose Verizon Wireless and stay with us because we deliver on our promise to provide the most reliable network," said Haller. "This major expansion across Putnam County reflects that commitment. We'll continue investing in our network here in Indiana as well as across the nation so that our customers can rely on their wireless phones everywhere they go."
These new cell sites are part of Verizon Wireless' continual effort to expand coverage, increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Indiana and throughout the country. 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. Nearly $870 million of this investment has been spent in Indiana since 2000. In 2007, the company invested more than $136 million in Indiana network improvements.
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.