SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Dec. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless recently activated 30 new cell sites throughout the state of Illinois, which improves voice and data coverage in and around parts of the following communities:
- Champaign County: Thomasboro
- Cook County: Chicago, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnwood, Western Springs and Wheeling
- DuPage County: Aurora, Downers Grove and Wheaton
- Iroquois County: Beaverville
- Kane County: Elburn and Elgin
- Kankakee County: Herscher and Kankakee
- Kendall County: Newark
- Lake County: Lake Forest and North Chicago
- LaSalle County: Streator
- Marion County: Sandoval
- McHenry County: Crystal Lake, McHenry and Richmond
- Ogle County: Stillman Valley
- Peoria County: Elmwood
- Will County: Frankfort, Lockport and Monee
The new cell sites, which are each 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 recently launched the world's first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to 38 major metropolitan areas and 60 commercial airports, including Chicagoland and Chicago O'Hare International and Chicago Midway International. This initial launch covers more than 110 million people—more than one third of all Americans. By 2013, Verizon Wireless will have full nationwide 4G LTE coverage everywhere the Verizon 3G network is available today.
Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 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 $60 billion since it was formed—$5.7 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 $1.5 billion on improvements to its wireless network in Illinois.
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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 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.
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