Innovations in healthcare, education, sustainability and more fueled by Verizon Wireless' more than $75 million network investment in New Mexico and El Paso, TX in 2012

Fri Feb 1, 2013 12:30pm EST

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.,  Feb. 1, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- In 2012, technology solutions
made possible by the strength of the Verizon Wireless network helped millions
more Americans access  preventative healthcare  and made one of the largest
recyclers in the nation  more efficient.  School buses outfitted with wireless
connections helped students continue learning outside of the school walls and
arrive home safely.  Businesses kept the lights on and systems running thanks to
reliable wireless emergency-backup options.  And professional sports teams
transformed their  on-field  and  on-court  operations using connected tablets. 

"Our technology and networks help to make people stronger by delivering powerful
solutions for consumers and businesses," said  Andres Irlando, region president,
Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Wireless invested more than  $75 million  during 2012 in  New Mexico 
and  El Paso, Texas  to provide new wireless services; expanding network
coverage and capacity for customers.  Verizon Wireless' network investment in 
New Mexico  and  El Paso  now totals more than  $625 million  since 2000.  

Nationally, Verizon Wireless has invested more than  $80 billion  since it was
formed to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide networks
and to add new services.

As part of its 2012 network investment, Verizon Wireless expanded its 4G LTE
network in throughout  New Mexico  including:

* Alamogordo
* Clovis
* Farmington
* Gallup
* Grants
* Ruidoso
* Taos

Verizon Wireless first launched its 4G LTE network in metro  Albuquerque,  Santa
Fe  and  Las Cruces, NM  and in  El Paso, Texas  in 2011.

Already the  largest commercial 4G LTE network  in the world, the Verizon
Wireless 4G LTE network is now available in  476 markets.  By the end of 2013,
the Verizon 4G LTE footprint will completely cover the area served today by its
3G network.

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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most
reliable 3G network. The company serves 98.2 million retail customers, including
92.5 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in  Basking Ridge, N.J.,
with more than 73,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture
of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). 
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