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Verizon Wireless Expands 3G Coverage In Orange County, New York

4G LTE expansion also continuing in Upstate New York
• New cell site improves coverage and capacity in Middletown
• Provides access to 3G wireless broadband service
• Meet one of Upstate New York's local Test Men, Jack Brandes

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August 2, 2011

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Verizon Wireless is investing in Orange County and expanding its local coverage with a new cell site in Middletown.  The new site improves coverage and capacity in the Village of Washington Heights along Route 17M from Webb Road to Maples Road. The new site also improves capacity along Route 211 from Wisner Avenue to Ingrassia Road in the City of Middletown. 

This network expansion is part of the company’s aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless’ voice and data services. The company has invested more than $65 billion nationwide since it was formed – $6 billion on average every year – and invested more than $125 million in Upstate New York in 2010.

In addition to ongoing investment in its 3G network, Verizon Wireless continues to roll out its 4G LTE network nationwide. 4G LTE is currently available in 102 metro markets, including Rochester, Saratoga Springs and the New York City area. The company recently announced it will launch 4G LTE in Albany, Syracuse and Ithaca on August 18. Full nationwide 4G LTE deployment is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2013.

“We’ve always believed even the most advanced device is only as good as the network it runs on. We continue to aggressively invest in our Upstate New York network to increase coverage and capacity for our customers, add new services like 4G LTE, and maintain our existing 3G network leadership,” said Gene Fassett, executive director of Network for Verizon Wireless’ Upstate New York Region.

Verizon Wireless recently earned recognition from J.D. Power and Associates for ranking highest in customer care among the major national wireless phone service providers.

In addition to voice and wireless data services such as V CAST Video and V CAST Music with Rhapsody, the company offers MobileBroadband, its high-speed wireless broadband network geared toward mobile professionals and business customers. In 4G LTE coverage areas, it provides average speeds of 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments. In 3G coverage areas, it provides average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 Mbps, and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps.  

Strong demand for Verizon Wireless’ services continued during the second quarter of 2011 as the company added more than 1.3 million net new customers.  

The company’s “nation’s most reliable wireless network” reputation is based on network studies performed by test men and women throughout the country. These engineers drive nearly 100 specially equipped vehicles more than 1 million miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways, as well as major roads and surface streets. Test vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 3 million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless’ network and the networks of other carriers. Check out our video of Western New York Test Man, Jack Brandes.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.  

EDITOR’S NOTE: 

Check out our video of Western New York Test Man, Jack Brandes. If you are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along test drive with Jack, please contact John O'Malley at 585-321-7264.

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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