News Release

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

4G LTE expansion also continuing in Upstate New York

•New cell sites improve coverage and capacity in Dickinson Center and Duane

•Provide access to 3G wireless broadband service

•Meet one of Upstate New York's local Test Men, Jack Brandes

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December 6, 2011

John O’Malley
John.Omalley@VerizonWireless.com   
585-321-7264 or 585-261-5899
http://twitter.com/VZWjohno 

Meredith Dropkin
mdropkin@mower.com  
315-413-4293

PLATTSBURGH, NY — Verizon Wireless is investing in Franklin County and expanding its local coverage with two new cell sites in Dickinson Center and Duane.

  • The new site in Dickinson Center improves coverage and capacity on Moira-Saint Regis Falls Road from Palmer Road to Santa Clara Road, Santa Clara Road from Howe Road to Shanley Road, and in the Town of Saint Regis Falls.
  • The new site in Duane improves coverage and capacity on Route 30 between Cold Brook Road and Cole Hill Road, Red Tavern Road from Cole Hill Road to Route 30, and Port Kent Hopkinton Turnpike from Route 30 to Pond Road.

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. The 4G LTE network is currently available in more than 179 cities, including Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, Orange County, NY and the New York City area. It will be available in the Poughkeepsie-Kingston area on December 15. 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 its V CAST multimedia service, 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 third quarter of 2011 as the company added more than 880,000 thousand 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 largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 107.7 million total wireless connections, including 90.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 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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