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Verizon Wireless Invests More Than $209 Million In 2009 To Enhance Michigan Network

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

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January 10, 2010

Michelle Gilbert
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SOUTHFIELD, MI — Verizon Wireless announced today it invested more than $209 million in 2009 to enhance its digital network in Michigan. The enhancements included building 45 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–Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless. “Consequently, this year we focused on increasing capacity across our 3G network in Michigan, 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 more than $1.4 billion on improvements to its network in Michigan, including the following upgrades made in 2009:

  • Forty-five 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 Michigan, thereby increasing 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 106 Michigan cell sites to ensure network functionality during times of crisis.

About Verizon Wireless in Michigan
In Michigan, Verizon Wireless has more than 2,100 employees and 69 company-owned retail locations in more than 40 cities, including Allen Park, Alpena, Alpine Twp., Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Battle Creek, Bay City, Brighton, Burton, Canton, Clinton Twp., Dearborn, Detroit, East Lansing, Escanaba, Farmington Hills, Fenton, Flint, Fort Gaylord, Gratiot, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Highland Park, Holland, Houghton, Iron Mountain, Jackson, Kentwood, Lake Orion, Lansing, Livonia, Marquette, Midland, Monroe, Muskegon, Northville, Novi, Okemos, Petoskey, Pontiac, Portage, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Saginaw, St. Clair Shores, St. Joseph, Southfield, Taylor, Traverse City, Troy, Utica, Warren and Westland.

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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