SIOUX FALLS, SD — Verizon Wireless announced today it invested more than $35 million in 2010 to enhance its network in South Dakota. The investment included 19 new cell sites, upgrading equipment on more than 100 existing cell sites to increase coverage and capacity of the company’s voice and 3G high-speed wireless network and prepping the backbone of the network for deploying 4G LTE in the future.
“Our company is focused on building a reliable 4G network both here in South Dakota and nationwide, but we also remain committed to improving our 3G network which millions of customers rely on daily,” said Seamus Hyland, president-Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. “Customers may use their wireless devices in different ways, but they all have one need in common –a reliable network.”
From 2000 to 2010, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $256 million on improvements to its network in South Dakota, including the following upgrades made in 2010:
- Nineteen new cell sites were activated enabling more customers to use their phones for social networking, Internet browsing, downloading apps and music, exchanging email and text, picture and video messages, watching high-quality videos and making calls.
- Equipment was installed at more than 100 cell sites across South Dakota to boost capacity of the company’s advanced 3G high-speed wireless network and improve speed and performance.
- New equipment was installed across the network in preparation of deploying 4G LTE, which will increase bandwidth to handle more data traffic.
- Temporary cell sites were deployed at high-profile events during the year that draw large crowds, including the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Rapid City and the Lifelight Music Festival in Sioux Falls.
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