CAPE CANAVERAL, FL — Verizon Wireless has launched its high-speed wireless BroadbandAccess network on Cape Canaveral to provide the latest wireless technologies and services to NASA scientists at Kennedy Space Center as well as to area residents and businesses.
Verizon Wireless engineers recently completed work on network transmission sites, after waiting for the successful landing of the space shuttle Discovery at the space center last month. The high-speed network was launched in other areas along the Space Coast late in 2006. The advanced services also are available in Orlando and other major markets across the state.
The new network allows customers to utilize the latest high-speed productivity and entertainment applications and services on their phones, laptop computers and other wireless devices. This wireless broadband experience is made possible by the Verizon Wireless Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) technology, with typical connection speeds of 400-700 kilobits per second (kbps). The expansion is part of an ongoing network investment by Verizon Wireless that has totaled more than $1 billion in the state and $35 billion nationally over the past seven years.
In addition to allowing advanced applications such as BroadbandAccess and V CAST, the network upgrade in the Space Coast area further strengthens the Verizon Wireless network for everyday voice calls and in the event of emergencies.
"Here on the Space Coast you just might be a rocket scientist, but anybody can see the benefits of strength and reliability in a wireless network," said Frank Wise, Florida region network director. "We're investing heavily to make sure this key region has access to the most modern wireless technologies, such as BroadbandAccess and V CAST."
BroadbandAccess allows customers to connect wirelessly to the Internet, download e-mail and applications, and log into their corporate servers via their laptop at broadband speeds. The technology provides mobile workers full access, productivity and security, just as if they were at their desks and attached via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility.
The Verizon Wireless V CAST service gives customers access to short video content, downloadable music, and cutting-edge 3D games on their mobile phones. With V CAST, customers can get short video content on-demand, including current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming. And music lovers with a V CAST Music-enabled phone are able to download and play their favorite songs all while on-the-go.
Test Man Ride-Along Program
The specially equipped Verizon Wireless test vehicles simultaneously test seven wireless providers, using a computerized program to generate phonically diverse "conversations" and data transmissions. Members of the media who are interested in setting up an interview or ride-along with a local member of the Verizon Wireless team of real-life test men and women, please contact Chuck Hamby at 813-615-4803 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 59 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 65,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at 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.