VILLA GROVE, IL — Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site in Villa Grove, Ill., which improves voice and data coverage in Villa Grove around Illinois Route 130, as well as the north part of Douglas County. Residents will experience improved coverage from County Road 400 in the north, to County Road 2350 in the east, to U.S. Route 36 in the south and to County Road 1350E in the west.
The new cell site, which is equipped with a permanent backup generator for times of emergency, empowers more Verizon Wireless customers to rely on their wireless phones for social networking, Internet browsing, downloading apps, exchanging email and text, picture and video messaging as well as making calls.
“Our customers rely on their wireless devices for virtually all of their communication needs,” said T.J.Fox, president, Illinois/Wisconsin Region, Verizon Wireless. “Ten years ago, ensuring they could make clear calls and stay connected was our top priority. That still is and always will be important. Additionally though, we closely monitor all other network usage, such as Internet browsing and downloading apps or music, and make improvements accordingly, so that our customers’ experience on our network is seamless regardless of how they want to use their phone.”
In addition to the ongoing investment in its 3G network, Verizon Wireless has launched the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, which is currently available in 102 metropolitan areas. Verizon Wireless plans to aggressively expand its 4G LTE network, which will be available in more than 175 markets by the end of this year. By 2013, Verizon Wireless will have full nationwide 4G LTE coverage everywhere the Verizon 3G network is available today.
Verizon Wireless 4G LTE average data rates are 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments. These speeds are significantly faster than Verizon Wireless and other wireless providers’ current or promised 3G network speeds.
Verizon Wireless has invested more than $65 billion since it was formed—$6 billion on average every year—to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. Since 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $1.6 billion on improvements to its wireless network in Illinois.
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