KINGSPORT, TN — Residents and visitors in Kingsport and surrounding communities will enjoy enriched wireless services thanks to the Verizon Wireless and Alltel network conversion, which was recently completed in Sullivan County, Tenn. and Scott County, Va.
Since the company’s purchase of Alltel in January, Verizon Wireless has worked diligently to integrate the two wireless voice, data and broadband networks. Kingsport and surrounding area customers will benefit from the combined network in many ways. The expansion in network coverage and capacity means more calls, e-mails, texts and picture messages, plus expanded wireless access to the Web. It will also result in greatly expanded in-building coverage throughout the area.
The integration will enhance and expand coverage in the city of Kingsport and surrounding towns including Mount Carmel, Gray Fall Branch and in Gate City and Duffield, Virginia.
“As the state’s leading wireless voice and data service provider, Verizon Wireless is dedicated to continuously building the largest and most reliable network in the nation,” said Jerry Fountain, president of Verizon Wireless’ Carolinas/Tennessee Region. “By incorporating the extensive Alltel network into our already superior network, our footprint will be unmatched in this area and we will be able to continue providing outstanding service to the greater Kingsport area.”
In the first half of 2009, Verizon Wireless invested $99.7 million in the Tennessee network. Last year, Verizon Wireless spent $150 million on improvements to the state’s network, bringing the company’s cumulative investment in the state to $800 million since 2003. Verizon Wireless data and voice services are available to Tennesseans in all 95 counties.
Verizon Wireless tests its network and those of its competitors. The company determines if voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Nationally, Verizon Wireless' real-life test men and women drive 90 specially equipped vehicles almost 1,000,000 miles annually. They drive on Interstate, U.S. and state highways, as well as major roads and streets in high-population areas, based upon U.S. Census counts. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than three million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.
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