MILWAUKEE, WI — Verizon Wireless has announced today that it has just completed a major capacity improvement project for its high-speed 3G network in Wisconsin that will ensure the company continues to stay ahead of its customers’ growing data usage on their smart phones, wireless modems and handsets.
The project has entailed adding 3G capacity on 350% more cell sites in Wisconsin in 2010 compared to 2009, thereby increasing data capacity of the network by 40% across the state. The enhancements will provide further value to Verizon Wireless customers in Wisconsin who are looking to rely more and more on their wireless devices for accessing the Internet, social networking, viewing high-quality videos, downloading music, games and ringtones, and exchanging e-mail.
“With so many of our customers relying on their devices for much more than just making phone calls, it’s imperative that we stay ahead of their usage habits,” says T.J. Fox, president, Wisconsin/Illinois region, Verizon Wireless. “It doesn’t matter how many bells and whistles your smart phone offers if you cannot depend on it to keep you connected wherever you go. Verizon Wireless is committed to making sure our network has enough capacity to handle the increasing data traffic from our customers’ Internet browsing, tweeting and mobile gaming.”
The company’s ongoing network investment in Wisconsin now totals more than $354.5 million. Nationally, 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.
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