NASHVILLE, TN — Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. wireless and wireless data provider based on revenues, contributed $114.5 million in the first half of 2007 to expand the company's voice and data wireless networks across Tennessee.
Verizon Wireless spent $200.5 million in 2006 and $150 million in 2005 to deploy wireless services across the state. The total statewide investment from 2003 through June 2007 is $545 million.
A large portion of the company's 2007 investment went toward expanding wireless service in already established metropolitan, suburban and tourist areas throughout the state.
Areas of focus in East Tennessee include expanding wireless broadband (EV-DO) footprint in the Tri-Cities area, downtown Kingsport, I-26 (between Gray and Boones Creek exit), University of Tennessee Knoxville campus, Duffield, Cherokee and Douglas Lakes, Morristown and Bypass and Dandridge (Highway 25W from I-40 through the town of Dandridge, West from I-40 through Dandridge, Highway 139 West of Dandridge, and Highway 92 south and north of the town), Hamblen County and SR-63 between Lafollette and Harrogate.
Middle Tennessee areas of focus include metropolitan Chattanooga, US 27 and Dayton Boulevard in North Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain and EV-DO coverage extension to Red Bank Maury County (South of Columbia TN). In Nashville, Briley Parkway and the Ashland City Highway of northwest Nashville received improved digital and BroadbandAccess data services.
In West Tennessee, Verizon Wireless focused on the Lichterman Nature Center (downtown Memphis), Jackson along I-40 (exit 85 to exit 87) Diamond Jaxx baseball stadium, Covington and Brownsville, SR-14 north of Tabernacle, US Highway 79 (between Paris and Paris Landing), SR 218 Trenton, US 45 West (between Trenton and Fruitland exits) and Frog Jump.
"Verizon Wireless has aggressively stepped up our network and service offerings in Tennessee to ensure that we deliver the most reliable wireless network available," said Terry Dison, Director of System Performance for Verizon Wireless in Tennessee. "Our financial commitment to our Tennessee network has increased 33% year over year, and we will continue to invest our resources in wireless technology infrastructure to deliver cutting-edge wireless services to customers."
Verizon Wireless is committed to offering customers the most reliable wireless service. High-speed wireless broadband is now available in 194 major metropolitan areas to 210 million Americans coast to coast.
The company's real-life test men and women engineers conduct more than 3 million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' and other national wireless carriers' networks while traveling almost 1 million miles of the most frequently traveled roadways nationwide in specially equipped, company-owned quality test vehicles.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 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.
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