ALPHARETTA, GA. — Wireless calling, text messaging and surfing the Web on the Verizon Wireless network is now easier and faster for residents and travelers in Georgia, thanks to heavy investments Verizon Wireless made during the first half of 2011. From January through June, the company installed additional network capacity in 249 cities across the Peach State. The company’s ongoing network investment in Georgia now totals more than $1.9 billion since the company was formed in 2000.
“These significant investments represent our ongoing commitment to network superiority across the state. Verizon Wireless is years ahead of other carriers in our 4G deployment and we continue to invest in our reliable 3G network, ensuring our customers will always be able to rely on our network to make calls, conduct business and stay connected wherever they go in Georgia,” said Jeff Mango, president – Georgia/Alabama Region, Verizon Wireless.
New Cell Sites and More Network Enhancements
Over the first six months of 2011, network enhancements worth more than $130 million were activated in 249 cities in Georgia. As the company launched the Apple iPhone 4 in February, new 3G EVDO cell towers were erected in several areas including Athens, Tifton, Watkinsville, Barnesville (including Gordon College), Kennessaw State University Campus, the University of Georgia campus surrounding Sanford Stadium, Turner Field Stadium in Atlanta, the Wolf Creek Ampitheater, around the Mall of Georgia, Southlake Mall, Perimeter Mall and Northpoint Mall.
As previously announced, new cell towers were turned on with the company’s 4G LTE access in Palmetto, Cumming, Covington, Conyers, Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austell, Douglasville, Woodstock and Peachtree City.
Other 2011 Verizon Wireless Network Highlights
- More than 10 billion voice and data transmissions and more than 19 billion minutes of airtime were logged on the Verizon Wireless network in Georgia during the first six months of 2011.
- Wireless data traffic increased over 95% and Text Messaging Service increased more than 100% from the same time period in 2010.
Verizon Wireless recently announced additional enhancements to its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless services in both the Atlanta and Athens markets. The company also launched 4G LTE in Augusta, GA on July 21. 4G LTE offers customers who live, work or travel in these markets significantly greater speed and capabilities than even today’s most advanced 3G coverage. “Our 4G LTE network is revolutionizing the way people communicate, and we know this connectivity will be a key communications and technology enabler for many years to come,” said Mango. Verizon Wireless will continue rapidly expanding the network, with plans cover its entire 3G footprint by the end of 2013.
Verizon Wireless has invested more than $65 billion nationally – $6 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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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.