WATERTOWN, N.Y., Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless is investing in St. Lawrence County and expanding its local coverage with four new cell sites in Rensselaer Falls, DePeyster, Richville and North Lawrence. The new sites improve coverage and capacity in the following areas:
- Rensselaer Falls, along Route 812 between East Road and Old Canton Road, CR 15 between River Road and Old Canton Road, and CR 17 between Newcomb Road and Barter Creek, including Childs Road, Winter Road, and CR 16.
- DePeyster, along CR 6 across Black Lake, as well as portions of Route 184, East and West Road, CR 10 and CR 11.
- Richville, along SR 11 between Fox Farm Road and CR 19, CR 11 between Dailey Road and Billings Road, and portions of Route 812, CR 18 and CR 20.
- North Lawrence, along US Highway 11 between Desmond Road and Elmer Road, CR 55 between Port Kent Road and Winn Road, including Walter F. Pratt Memorial Forest, Wagstaff Corner, McEwens Corner, Laverys Corner and Taylors Corner.
''This network expansion is part of the company's aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless' voice and data services. The company has invested more than $60 billion nationwide since it was formed – $5.7 billion on average every year – and invested more than $100 million in Upstate New York in 2009.
Earlier this month, the company began rolling out its 4G LTE network in 38 markets nationwide, including Rochester and the New York City area.
"We've always believed even the most advanced device is only as good as the network it runs on. We continue to aggressively invest in our Upstate New York network to increase coverage and capacity for our customers, add new services like 4G LTE, and maintain our existing 3G network leadership," said Gene Fassett, executive director of Network for Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region.
Verizon Wireless recently earned recognition from J.D. Power and Associates for "Highest Call Quality Performance among Wireless Cell Phone Users in the Northeast."
Services include wireless data services such as V CAST Video and V CAST Music with Rhapsody, and MobileBroadband, the company's high-speed wireless broadband network geared toward mobile professionals and business customers. It provides average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second, and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps.
Strong demand for Verizon Wireless' services continued during the third quarter of 2010 as the company added nearly one million net new customers.
The company's "nation's most reliable wireless network" reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and women throughout the country. These engineers drive nearly 100 specially equipped vehicles more than 1 million miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways, as well as major roads and surface streets. Test vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 3 million voice call attempts and more than 16 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers. Check out our new video of Western New York Test Man, Jack Brandes.
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.
SOURCE Verizon Wireless