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Verizon Wireless To Launch 4G LTE Across Greater Worcester, Massachusetts On August 18

Nation's Fastest and Most Advanced Mobile Network Promises Blazing Speeds for Massachusetts' Residents, Businesses and Visitors across 20 Worcester County Communities

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July 25, 2011

Michael Murphy
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Michael Byrnes
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WORCESTER, MA — Verizon Wireless announced today that it will bring the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to Worcester and the surrounding communities on August 18. Verizon Wireless customers with 4G LTE smartphones, laptop modems and mobile hotspots will be able to take advantage of speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network. Within the Commonwealth, Verizon Wireless already offers its 4G LTE network in Greater Boston and Springfield, Massachusetts. The 20 cities and towns to be covered by the August 18 4G LTE network launch within Worcester County include:

  • Auburn
  • Berlin
  • Bolton
  • Charlton
  • Grafton
  • Harvard
  • Holden
  • Hopedale
  • Leicester
  • Millbury
  • Milford
  • Northborough
  • Oxford
  • Paxton
  • Shrewsbury
  • Southborough
  • Sterling
  • West Boylston
  • Westborough
  • Worcester

“Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network is not an incremental upgrade in wireless technology - it’s revolutionary, offering tremendous opportunity to Massachusetts’ residents and businesses to better connect and innovate,” said Christine Berberich, New England Region President for Verizon Wireless. “As Massachusetts’ wireless leader, we continue to invest in and expand our 4G LTE coverage in the Commonwealth. We look forward to bringing Worcester and surrounding communities on board August 18.”

Customers in and around Worcester can choose from an array of devices on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. To date, Verizon Wireless has introduced 10 devices, including the Revolution™ by LG, the DROID Charge by Samsung and the ThunderBolt™ by HTC smartphones. A complete list of 4G LTE devices can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE.

In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.  Verizon Wireless introduced the globe’s first large-scale LTE network on December 5, 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans, and is quickly expanding coverage, currently offering service in 102 markets.  The company is rapidly building out its 4G LTE network, and is on course to deliver 4G LTE to its entire 3G wireless footprint by the end of 2013.  

As the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy game-changing 4G LTE technology, Verizon Wireless is committed to building its 4G network with the same performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized.  Verizon Wireless’ consistent focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year.  The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G, including a contiguous, nationwide network license. 

Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network. 

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 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.

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