Verizon Wireless: 100 Percent Of Wireless Broadband Network Now Enhanced With Faster Speeds

    BASKING RIDGE, N.J., June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless announced
 today that all of its CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network
 nationwide has been enhanced to Revision (Rev.) A technology. The
 enhancements throughout the company's wireless broadband network provide
 customers from coast to coast with access to e-mail, everyday corporate
 data, the Internet and more at faster speeds and the ability to upload
 files eight to nine times faster than before.
     "Earlier this year, we announced we were making the nation's first
 wireless broadband network even better by significantly improving network
 speeds and performance," said Dick Lynch, executive vice president and
 chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless. "In just the first two
 quarters of this year, we made that pledge a kept promise. When other
 carriers still operate networks that don't allow customers to download
 music over-the-air or access e-mail at speeds faster than dial-up, Verizon
 Wireless is meeting the needs of more than 210 million people with wireless
 music downloads, faster access to e-mail and true wireless broadband
 Internet browsing."
     The enhanced network allows Verizon Wireless customers to download
 files at speeds as much as ten times faster than customers of other
 wireless service providers that use different broadly deployed network
 technologies.
     BroadbandAccess at Faster Speeds
     The company's flagship business data service, BroadbandAccess, runs
 faster and more efficiently with the new network enhancements; customers
 can take advantage of upload speeds that are eight to nine times faster
 than before plus interact with Web-based applications with improved latency
 for an even better experience. For example, BroadbandAccess customers with
 Rev. A- compatible devices can now expect average download speeds of 600
 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload
 speeds of 500-800 kbps, which means customers can download a 1 Megabyte
 e-mail attachment -- the equivalent of a small PowerPoint(R) presentation
 or a large PDF file -- in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized
 file in less than 13 seconds.
     Devices that take advantage of the faster speeds provided by the EV-DO
 Rev. A network enhancements include the USB720 wireless modem, V740
 ExpressCard, AirCard 595 and PC5750 PC Cards from Verizon Wireless, which
 are fully compatible with the company's enhanced and existing wireless
 broadband networks and the company's NationalAccess network (based on CDMA
 1xRTT technology).
     Network Testing
     Verizon Wireless dedicates a team of technical professionals, real-life
 "test men and women" across the country, to monitor and test the network
 every day to ensure efficient operation. The quality testing teams drive a
 fleet of 98 specially equipped test vehicles almost 1,000,000 miles
 annually on city streets, major highways, secondary roads and rural roads
 to test network performance, call quality and data network performance on
 the Verizon Wireless network and the networks of up to seven other wireless
 carriers. Annually, they place more than three million test calls and
 perform 16 million data tests.
     The information they gather is used not only to compare performance
 with competitors', but also to help engineers plan the company's annual $6
 billion network improvement program, including placement of new cell sites
 and expansion of existing call capabilities in growing communities. Verizon
 Wireless has invested $37 billion in the last seven years to increase the
 coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services.
     For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services,
 visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go
 to www.verizonwireless.com.
     About Verizon Wireless
     Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and
 data network, serving 60.7 million customers. The largest US wireless
 company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon
 Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 66,000 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.
 
 

SOURCE Verizon Wireless
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