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Verizon Wireless To Launch 4G LTE Network Across Greater Providence, Rhode Island On November 17

America's Fastest and Most Reliable 4G Network to Debut in 21 New Communities across Rhode Island and Massachusetts

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October 9, 2011

Michael Murphy
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Melissa Jenkins
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PROVIDENCE, RI — Verizon Wireless today announced it is bringing the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to the Greater Providence area on November 17. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will be available in 178 cities across the country on November 17 and currently supports 13 devices, including the new Pantech Breakout™ and DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola.

When Verizon Wireless turns on its 4G LTE network in Providence and surrounding communities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts on November 17, residents with 4G devices will be able to take advantage of the nation’s fastest 4G network with speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. The next 21 New England cities and towns to be covered by the November 17 4G LTE network launch include:

  • Rhode Island:
    • Central Falls
    • Cranston
    • Cumberland
    • East Providence
    • Lincoln
    • North Providence
    • Providence
    • Warwick
  • Massachusetts:
    • Attleboro
    • Easton
    • Dartmouth
    • Fall River
    • Mansfield
    • New Bedford
    • North Attleboro
    • Norton
    • Raynham
    • Seekonk
    • Swansea
    • Taunton
    • Westport

“Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will offer tremendous opportunity to Providence’s residents and businesses to better connect and innovate,” said Christine Berberich, New England Region President for Verizon Wireless. “As New England’s wireless leader, we continue to invest in and expand our 4G LTE coverage across the region and look forward to bringing Providence and surrounding communities on board in November.”

Coverage and Speed

Verizon Wireless introduced its 4G LTE network on December 5, 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans. Since its launch, the 4G LTE network has won numerous technology and consumer choice awards. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers from Cumberland, Rhode Island to Swansea, Massachusetts should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink when the network is launched in November.

Extending Reliability

As the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy a large-scale 4G LTE network, Verizon Wireless is committed to building its 4G LTE 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 LTE, 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 largest 4G LTE 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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