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Verizon Wireless Invests Nearly $85 Million In 2009 To Enhance Indiana Network

Sixty-Four New Cell Sites Built, Hundreds More Upgraded to Boost Coverage and Capacity of Voice and High-Speed Wireless Network

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January 11, 2010

Michelle Gilbert
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Kyle Niederpruem
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Verizon Wireless announced today it invested nearly $85 million in 2009 to enhance its digital network in Indiana. The enhancements included building 64 new cell sites and upgrading equipment on hundreds of existing cell sites to increase coverage and capacity of the company’s voice and 3G high-speed wireless network.

“While other wireless service providers played catch up this year building out parts of their high-speed wireless network, we already had that 3G foundation in place across the state,” said Greg Haller, president–Indiana/Kentucky/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. “Consequently, this year we focused on increasing capacity across our 3G network in Indiana, enabling us to stay ahead of our customers’ increasing demands for fast and secure wireless data services.”

Since the company was formed in 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested $1.06 billion on improvements to its network in Indiana, including the following upgrades made in 2009:

  • Sixty-four new cell sites were activated statewide to improve network coverage and capacity, enabling more customers to use their phones concurrently to 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, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.
  • Performance-based equipment was installed at hundreds of cell sites across Indiana, thereby doubling capacity of the company’s advanced 3G high-speed wireless network as well as improving its speed and performance.
  • Permanent backup generators were installed at each of the 64 new cell sites in Indiana to ensure network functionality during times of crisis.

About Verizon Wireless in Indiana
In Indiana, Verizon Wireless has more than 550 employees and 38 company-owned retail locations in 24 cities, including Anderson, Avon, Bloomington, Carmel, Clarksville, Columbus, Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Lawrence, Mishawaka, Merrillville, Muncie, Noblesville, Plainfield, Portage, South Bend, Terre Haute, Valparaiso and Warsaw.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving 89 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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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