ST. LOUIS, MO — Verizon Wireless today announced it has upgraded equipment on 153 of its existing cell sites in the St. Louis area, increasing 3G data capacity throughout the metro area.
The cell site upgrades enable more customers to use their wireless phones and air cards to initiate data connections; send and receive e-mail, picture and video messages; download music, games and ringtones; view high-quality videos and browse the Internet.
“We stay well ahead of our customers’ growing needs by studying their data usage habits and test driving our network to experience firsthand the speeds and quality of our 3G network,” said Brendan Fallis, president – Kansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless. “Network reliability is not just a catch phrase for us. It defines who we are.”
These improvements are part of Verizon Wireless’ continual effort to expand coverage, increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Missouri and throughout the country. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $60 billion since it was formed – $5.7 billion on average every year – to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. Nearly $390 million of this investment has been spent in Missouri since 2000. In 2009, the company invested more than $61 million in Missouri network improvements.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 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.