$160 Million Invested In Upstate New York Network In 2012 To Enhance Technology, Services For Customers

Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:41am EST

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Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network Expansion to Continue in 2013
ROCHESTER, N.Y.,  Jan. 25, 2013  /PRNewswire/ --  Verizon Wireless  invested
more than  $160 million  in network enhancements across Upstate New York in 2012
to expand 4G LTE coverage and speed the deployment of other advanced
technologies for its customers. This is the 12th  consecutive year the company
has invested more than  $100 million  in the region. The company's network
investment in Upstate New York now totals more than  $1.6 billion  since 2000.
The rapid rollout of 4G LTE will continue in 2013 with 4G LTE technology
scheduled to cover the company's entire nationwide footprint by the middle of
the year.   

"In the two years since we first launched  4G LTE  in Upstate New York and
across the country, the '4G LTE ecosystem' has expanded from a few smartphones
and laptop modems to include dozens of smartphones, tablets, mobile hotspots,
modems and machine-to-machine devices," said  Chris Felix, president of the
company's Upstate New York Region. "And more devices and applications that run
on the 4G LTE network are being developed every day. Our continuing investment
in 4G LTE technology and other enhancements to our local network will ensure our
customers have the very best technology at their disposal when they use their
wireless devices."

New 4G LTE markets added in 2012 included  Binghamton,  Corning,  Elmira, 
Jamestown,  Oneonta/Cooperstown  and the  Chautauqua/Allegany  Counties areas.
The company activated nearly 450 4G LTE sites in Upstate New York last year and
will continue to expand and fill in coverage in 2013.  

Verizon 4G LTE is available in all of Upstate New York's major markets as well
as more than half of the company's coverage area across the region. The Verizon
4G LTE network is available to more than 273 million people across the U.S. -
close to 89 percent of the U.S. population.

In addition to continuing to roll out 4G LTE technology across the region, the
company's 2012 network investment also included expanded 3G EVDO network
coverage and additional capacity enhancements to stay ahead of growing demand on
its voice and data networks.  

Visit  www.verizonwireless.com/lte  for more information about Verizon Wireless'
4G LTE network.   

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most
reliable 3G network. The company serves nearly 96 million retail customers,
including 98.2 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in  Basking
Ridge, N.J., with more than 75,000 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
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at  www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

SOURCE  Verizon Wireless

John O'Malley, +1-585-321-7264 or +1-585-261-5899,
john.omalley@verizonwireless.com, http://twitter.com/VZWjohno; Meredith Dropkin,
+1-315-413-4293, mdropkin@mower.com

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