BASKING RIDGE, NJ — With the start of hurricane season just one month away, Verizon Wireless announced today that it invested more than $1 billion over the past 18 months to expand and enhance its wireless network in Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard states historically prone to severe hurricanes.
To ensure customers have comprehensive, reliable coverage every day as well as in the event of severe weather, Verizon Wireless has updated and optimized technology at many regional network switching facilities. In Florida, the company operates five super switches, each with the capacity to handle tens of millions of voice calls and wireless data transmissions each day. Designed to withstand Category 5 hurricanes, these facilities feature fully redundant back-up power generation and serve as emergency operation centers in the event of a hurricane or other crisis in the Sunshine State. (Learn more at http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/article/2010/03/pr2010-03-26.html.) A video tour of one of Verizon Wireless' Florida super switches is available on the company's YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/VerizonWirelessTV.
The company's commitment to its network and advance preparations have proven critical in many previous storms. Most recently in March, when a Nor'easter pounded the Northeast causing serious flooding, numerous downed trees and widespread power outages, the Verizon Wireless network remained strong. To learn more, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPy4w3cgZvk.
More Information Available
- Information about Verizon Wireless preparations for the upcoming hurricane season can be found online in the Verizon Wireless Hurricane Information Center at http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/Hurricane/Overview.html.
- Ongoing network updates, enhancements and information are available on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VZWNetwork.
- Video footage and images of Verizon Wireless network preparations in hurricane-prone areas are available in the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving nearly 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 81,000 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.