$186 Million Invested In Philadelphia Region Network In 2012 To Enhance
Technology, Services For Customers
Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network Expansion to Continue in 2013
-- Ninth consecutive year of $100+ million local investment - more than $1.6
billion invested in region since 2000
-- 4G LTE now available in 94% of the population in central and eastern
Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware
-- Network coverage and capacity enhancements continued region-wide
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 29, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Verizon Wireless invested more
than $186 million in network enhancements across its Philadelphia Tri-State
Region, which comprises central and eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey
and Delaware, in 2012 to expand 4G LTE coverage and speed the deployment of
other advanced technologies for its customers. This is the ninth consecutive
year the company has invested more than $100 million in the region. The
company's network investment in the Philadelphia region now totals more than
$1.6 billion since 2000. The rapid rollout of 4G LTE, which launched in the
Philadelphia region in December 2010, now covers 94% of the region's
population and will continue to grow 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 the Philadelphia region
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 Mario Turco
president of the company's Philadelphia Tri-State Region. "Even more exciting
for our consumers and business customers is that more devices and applications
that run on the 4G LTE network are being developed every day. Our continuing
aggressive 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 and expanded 4G LTE markets added in 2012 included the surrounding
counties of Philadelphia; Lehigh Valley, the Jersey and Delaware shore areas;
Lancaster-York, Pa., Reading, Pa., Pottsville, Pa., Stroudsburg, Pa., Sunbury,
Pa., Williamsport, Pa., and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa. All told, Verizon
activated in excess of 600 4G LTE sites in the region last year and will
continue to expand and fill in coverage in 2013.
Verizon 4G LTE is available in all of Philadelphia Tri-State's major markets
as well as at virtually all major regional airports including, Philadelphia
International, Harrisburg International, Lehigh Valley International
(Allentown), Lancaster, and New Castle (Wilmington). 4G LTE coverage will
reach the Atlantic City Airport with a network expansion in mid-2013.
Verizon Wireless also enhanced the state-of-the-art Distributed Antenna System
(DAS) at Lincoln Financial Field and Citizens Bank Park, so Philadelphia
sports fans can experience enhanced wireless service reliability and access to
the company's 4G LTE and 3G mobile broadband networks.
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 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). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview
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