Verizon Wireless Invests $240 Million Into New England Wireless Network in 2008

February 12, 2009

Company Expands Unmatched 3G Coverage in New England; Increases Wireless Voice and Mobile Broadband Internet Footprint; Invests $2.4 Billion Regionally Since 2000

WILMINGTON, Mass., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/Verizon Wireless today announced completion of $240 million in New England wireless network enhancements during 2008, increasing the company’s regional network investment to more than $2.4 billion since 2000.

In 2008, Verizon Wireless added and enhanced hundreds of cell sites to further increase wireless voice and 3G data coverage and capacity throughout the six states of New England. The company’s 3G high-speed wireless data network powers its Mobile Broadband Internet and V CAST data applications, among others.

“Verizon Wireless’ 3G coverage across New England is unparalleled,” said Ken Dixon, president of Verizon Wireless’ New England Region. “Last year’s investment of another quarter-billion dollars into New England significantly increases the 3G network advantage our customers enjoy at home and on vacation.”

Proven Reliability During December 2008 Ice Storms

“We’re America’s most reliable wireless voice and data provider for a reason – our continuing network investment,” explained Dixon. “While competitors struggled to get their networks back online after December’s ice storms, we continued to serve customers by activating batteries and permanent generators at our cell sites. At one point, we had more than 400 cell sites operating on backup generators across the region – all transparent to the customer.”

More than 90% of Verizon Wireless’ cell sites throughout New England have both batteries and permanent generators which power the company’s cell sites during the loss of commercial power.

Mobile Broadband Internet Access

Verizon Wireless’ 3G high-speed wireless broadband network keeps customers connected. With Mobile Broadband from Verizon Wireless, notebook computer users can access email, download files and browse the Internet at broadband speed (average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps).

V CAST: Video and Music

The company’s 3G high-speed network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, offering customers the ability to download full song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their phones. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of on-demand videos, including breaking news, weather, sports highlights and the hottest entertainment clips.

Customers who subscribe to V CAST Music with Rhapsody, Verizon Wireless’ online music service, can download music to their PCs free of digital rights management (DRM) software that restricts how and where music can be played. The music can then be side-loaded on select phones. Customers have access to a library of more than 5 million songs.

Company Continues to Invest in Network Quality Assurance

Verizon Wireless continued to invest in its industry-leading network quality assurance program during the year. The company’s team of real-life test men and test women drove more than 1 million miles in 2008 – the equivalent of two roundtrips to the moon or 40 trips around the world – to test both the company’s and competitors’ networks. Data collected by these network test men and women inspired Verizon Wireless’ iconic national advertising campaign and is the basis for the company’s “nation’s most reliable wireless network” claim.

During their test drives along the nation’s major highways and secondary roads, the team of more than 90 dedicated individuals uses sophisticated testing equipment to conduct more than 3 million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests on the Verizon Wireless network and the networks of major competitors across the U.S. This data has helped the company direct its multi-billion dollar network capital expenditure program.

Nationally in 2008, Verizon Wireless invested $6.5 billion to enhance its nationwide digital network. The enhancements included building new and upgrading existing cell sites; adding new coverage areas and increasing capacity within existing coverage areas; and completing a high-speed wireless broadband network expansion. Since the company was formed in 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $50 billion – an average of $5.5 billion each year – on improvements to its nationwide network.

Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the fourth quarter of 2008 as the company added 1.2 million net new customers and also reported the lowest customer turnover (highest customer loyalty) rate in the wireless industry.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 80 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: 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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