ELMWOOD, IL — Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site in Elmwood, Ill., which improves voice and data coverage in the downtown area, around Maple Lane Country Club and Sweetwater Park. Travelers will also experience improved coverage when traveling north on Route 78 towards Brimfield, Ill. and south towards Farmington, Ill., and east on Route 8 towards Edwards, Ill. and west towards Yates City.
The new cell site, which is equipped with a permanent backup generator for times of emergency, empowers more Verizon Wireless customers to rely on their wireless phones for social networking, Internet browsing, downloading apps, exchanging e-mail and text, picture and video messaging as well as making calls.
"Our customers rely on their wireless devices for virtually all of their communication needs," said T.J. Fox, president, Illinois/Wisconsin Region, Verizon Wireless. "Ten years ago, ensuring they could make clear calls and stay connected was our top priority. That still is and always will be important. Additionally though, we closely monitor all other network usage, such as Internet browsing and downloading apps or music, and make improvements accordingly, so that our customers' experience on our network is seamless regardless of how they want to use their phone."
In addition to the ongoing investment in its 3G network, Verizon Wireless has also been building the infrastructure that will bring the world's first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to 38 major metropolitan areas and 60 commercial airports by the end of the year. This initial launch will cover more than 110 million people - more than one third of all Americans. By 2013, Verizon Wireless will have full nationwide 4G LTE coverage everywhere the Verizon 3G network is available today.
Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments. These speeds are significantly faster than Verizon Wireless and other wireless providers' current or promised 3G network speeds.
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. Since 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $1.5 billion on improvements to its wireless network in Illinois.
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