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Verizon Wireless' Network Prepared To Rock For South By Southwest Fans

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March 3, 2010

Audrey Lundy
Audrey.Lundy@VerizonWireless.com
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AUSTIN, TX — Whether they’re coming to enjoy music, films, new media or all three, South by Southwest attendees will have the full strength of the Verizon Wireless network at their fingertips. As tens of thousands of fans head to Austin, local technicians have expanded the capacity of the nation’s most reliable wireless network to ensure that Austin residents experience the same dependable service they’ve come to expect. Festival-goers with Verizon Wireless devices can enjoy the performances without worrying about the performance of their wireless service.

At key cell sites near Sixth Street, Town Lake and throughout downtown Austin, Verizon Wireless has increased capacity to prepare for this year’s SXSW events. The company has also added a new cell site to boost coverage and capacity in and around the Convention Center. This concentrated effort in Austin is in addition to the more than $268 million Verizon Wireless invested last year in improving its network and coverage statewide.

“South by Southwest represents the ultimate intersection of entertainment and technology, both major priorities for Verizon Wireless and its users,” said Frank Antonacci, region president for Verizon Wireless. “Whether it’s a major event or the everyday routine, our customers expect their wireless network to perform at its peak, and our commitment is to keep working to make the network experience not only dependable – but better all the time.”

Verizon Wireless anticipates call volumes to significantly increase in the downtown Austin area during the conference and festival and looks forward to helping users make hundreds of thousands of successful connections every hour on the Texas network.

Verizon Wireless’ ongoing network investment totals more than $55 billion nationally over the past ten years.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 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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