ALPHARETTA, GA — As The Masters quickly approaches, Verizon Wireless is making sure golf fans can share in the excitement in Augusta. With the increased media attention surrounding this year’s event, crowds in Augusta are expected to be bigger than ever. Verizon Wireless today announced their readiness to handle the increased crowds and network capacity during The Masters PGA Tournament April 5-11.
Verizon Wireless Network Enhancements Steady
In 2009, Verizon Wireless invested more than $184 million on installing 41 new cell sites, additional network capacity in over 75 cities including Augusta to enhance services and coverage for wireless customers. In addition to expanded capacity to handle the increased network traffic from the tournament crowds next month, the company recently completed the integration of the Verizon Wireless and legacy Alltel networks in the Augusta area. With this work complete, Verizon Wireless and former Alltel customers now have an expanded area of coverage and greater capacity to stay connected. The integrated network, which increased by more than 30 cell sites for both Verizon Wireless and Alltel legacy networks, delivers 100% 3G wireless broadband coverage to 99% of the greater Augusta area's population. So golf fans will have the coverage and capacity needed wherever they go in the city of Augusta, around the Augusta National Golf Club or across the state of Georgia.
“With a significant increase in media, fans, public safety officers, and personnel converging on the city of Augusta, there is a major increase in wireless activity over a short period of time,” says Jeff Mango, president - Georgia/Alabama Region for Verizon Wireless. “Our customers expect their wireless network to work no matter where they are or what is happening and we are committed to delivering it. We have to be ready to service everyone in and around the Augusta area for this prestigious event.”
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, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: 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.