Verizon Wireless Upgrades Network in San Diego

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Verizon Wireless

    SAN DIEGO, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless has completed a
 series of network upgrades that are now delivering enhanced call quality and
 CDMA digital service to customers in San Diego County.  The new network is
 helping Verizon Wireless better serve its San Diego customers, including local
 police, fire fighters and other public safety workers, who use wireless
 service to help protect San Diego residents.
     Verizon Wireless' solid network of transmission sites provides wider
 geographic coverage in San Diego, enables more simultaneous calls on Verizon
 Wireless' enhanced CDMA digital network, improves signal delivery strength,
 and creates the capacity for future services such as next generation wireless
 data applications.
     "Verizon Wireless ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction among
 wireless users in San Diego two years in a row according to the J.D. Power and
 Associates 2000 U.S. Wireless Customer Satisfaction Study," said Mike Finley,
 regional president for Verizon Wireless.  "This year, we're actively pursuing
 a 'threepeat' victory by offering San Diegans enhanced call quality and
 network coverage."
     The network enhancement is creating stronger coverage for customers who
 use their phone while traveling from San Diego to Orange, Los Angeles,
 Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties.  The upgrade also means that
 San Diego customers can receive voice mail notifications in the five-county,
 Greater Los Angeles area, and almost everywhere they travel throughout Verizon
 Wireless national footprint.
     "We are excited about delivering the benefits of our network improvement
 to San Diego residents.  A superior network enables our customers to use their
 wireless phones when and where they need to," added Finley.  "It's not just a
 matter of convenience -- with the public safety role wireless phones now fill,
 solid coverage is important."
     Over the past year, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $550 million
 in its Southern California network, expanding its digital coverage and
 increasing capacity for wireless voice and data services to meet the demand of
 customers in San Diego and beyond.  Verizon Wireless also succeeded in placing
 new transmission sites in unobtrusive locations.  The vast majority of new
 transmitters -- about nine out of every 10 -- were erected on existing
 structures such as office, apartment, and other large buildings, utility
 poles, radio towers and other commercial sites throughout San Diego.
     "Our primary goal is to provide our customers with the coverage they need,
 while not creating clutter in our communities," said Finley.  "We're proud
 that we have been able to accomplish that.  And we're excited about the
 completion of our network upgrade and plans for continuing improvements.  Our
 network team is aggressively monitoring usage so that Verizon Wireless can
 continue to meet the increasing wireless needs of San Diegans."
 
     About Verizon Wireless
     Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the
 U.S. with 26.3 million wireless voice and data customers and 3.5 million
 paging customers.  The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the
 combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE
 Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ) -- and Vodafone
 (NYSE:   VOD; London).  The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic
 Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and
 AirTouch Paging.  The company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of
 the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets.
 Verizon Wireless, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 32,000 employees strong.
 Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web
 at http://www.verizonwireless.com.
 
 

SOURCE Verizon Wireless
    SAN DIEGO, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless has completed a
 series of network upgrades that are now delivering enhanced call quality and
 CDMA digital service to customers in San Diego County.  The new network is
 helping Verizon Wireless better serve its San Diego customers, including local
 police, fire fighters and other public safety workers, who use wireless
 service to help protect San Diego residents.
     Verizon Wireless' solid network of transmission sites provides wider
 geographic coverage in San Diego, enables more simultaneous calls on Verizon
 Wireless' enhanced CDMA digital network, improves signal delivery strength,
 and creates the capacity for future services such as next generation wireless
 data applications.
     "Verizon Wireless ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction among
 wireless users in San Diego two years in a row according to the J.D. Power and
 Associates 2000 U.S. Wireless Customer Satisfaction Study," said Mike Finley,
 regional president for Verizon Wireless.  "This year, we're actively pursuing
 a 'threepeat' victory by offering San Diegans enhanced call quality and
 network coverage."
     The network enhancement is creating stronger coverage for customers who
 use their phone while traveling from San Diego to Orange, Los Angeles,
 Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties.  The upgrade also means that
 San Diego customers can receive voice mail notifications in the five-county,
 Greater Los Angeles area, and almost everywhere they travel throughout Verizon
 Wireless national footprint.
     "We are excited about delivering the benefits of our network improvement
 to San Diego residents.  A superior network enables our customers to use their
 wireless phones when and where they need to," added Finley.  "It's not just a
 matter of convenience -- with the public safety role wireless phones now fill,
 solid coverage is important."
     Over the past year, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $550 million
 in its Southern California network, expanding its digital coverage and
 increasing capacity for wireless voice and data services to meet the demand of
 customers in San Diego and beyond.  Verizon Wireless also succeeded in placing
 new transmission sites in unobtrusive locations.  The vast majority of new
 transmitters -- about nine out of every 10 -- were erected on existing
 structures such as office, apartment, and other large buildings, utility
 poles, radio towers and other commercial sites throughout San Diego.
     "Our primary goal is to provide our customers with the coverage they need,
 while not creating clutter in our communities," said Finley.  "We're proud
 that we have been able to accomplish that.  And we're excited about the
 completion of our network upgrade and plans for continuing improvements.  Our
 network team is aggressively monitoring usage so that Verizon Wireless can
 continue to meet the increasing wireless needs of San Diegans."
 
     About Verizon Wireless
     Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the
 U.S. with 26.3 million wireless voice and data customers and 3.5 million
 paging customers.  The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the
 combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE
 Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ) -- and Vodafone
 (NYSE:   VOD; London).  The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic
 Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and
 AirTouch Paging.  The company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of
 the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets.
 Verizon Wireless, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 32,000 employees strong.
 Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web
 at http://www.verizonwireless.com.
 
 SOURCE  Verizon Wireless