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 began rolling out its 4G LTE network last December. It's currently available in 46 metropolitan areas nationwide, including Rochester and the New York City area. The company recently announced that Syracuse, Albany and Ithaca will have access to 4G LTE later this year. The company plans to complete its nationwide 4G LTE rollout by the end of 2013.
"We've always believed even the most advanced device is only as good as the network it runs on," said Gene Fassett, executive director of Network for Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region. "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."
Verizon Wireless recently earned recognition from J.D. Power and Associates for "Highest Call Quality Performance among Wireless Cell Phone Users in the Northeast."
In addition to voice and wireless data services such as V CAST Video and V CAST Music with Rhapsody, the company offers Mobile Broadband, 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 first quarter of 2011 as the company added more than 1.8 million 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 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 3.5 million voice call attempts and more than 19 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.
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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 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 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.