LAUREL, Md., March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless announced completion of a $347 million investment in its wireless voice and data network in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia region in 2010, bringing the company's regional network investment to more than $2.6 billion since 2000.
These regional network improvements are part of the company's aggressive, nationwide multi-billion dollar investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless' voice and data services. Nationwide, the company has invested more than $65 billion – an average of $6 billion per year – since it was formed in 2000 to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services.
The 2010 network investment of $347 million in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia included expanding the company's high-speed 3G Mobile Broadband network and increasing capacity at hundreds of cell sites to enable customers using tablets, laptops or smartphones to rapidly browse the Web; instantly download the latest apps, music, videos or 3D games; send and receive emails in real-time as well as open and download attachments; enjoy turn-by-turn navigation; and much more. In addition, the company's investment supported the preparations required for the deployment and expansion of its 4G LTE network, the fastest and most advanced 4G network in America, which launched in December 2010 and offers speeds up to 10 times faster than its current 3G network. Currently available in 39 major metropolitan areas including Washington, DC, Baltimore, Annapolis and Northern Virginia, the company will continue expanding its 4G LTE footprint in 2011 to cover more than 145 markets by year-end. Markets in this region that will be included in the 4G expansion in 2011 include Hagerstown, Maryland and Bristol, Virginia.
"Building and maintaining the nation's most reliable wireless network for customers requires a significant amount of planning, work and capital investment," said Mike Maiorana, Verizon Wireless regional president. "We're committed to continuously improving our network to provide our customers with the network advantage, coverage and speed they want and need to enjoy today's mobile lifestyle."
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Verizon Wireless operates the nation's fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 94 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 82,000 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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