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Verizon Wireless Expands 3G Wireless Network in Erie, Pennsylvania
Dec 29, 2010 (02:12 PM EST)


ERIE, Pa., Dec. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- To continue to stay ahead of rising demand for wireless voice, 3G multimedia and Internet access, Verizon Wireless has expanded its local network in Erie with the addition of two new cell sites.

Consumer Advantages

The new cell sites provide increased wireless voice and 3G data in Erie and the surrounding area, including

  • Southwest Erie including the neighborhood surrounding St. Vincent Hospital;
  • South along Cherry Street from West Bayfront Parkway to West 37th Street, and;
  • East along West 12th Street from Raspberry Street to Parade Street.

Expanded 3G data capacity in Erie enables more customers using notebook computers or smartphones to:

  • Download and use cool apps, from mobile social networking platforms to GPS-enabled maps;
  • Rapidly browse the Web to keep up with news, sports, stock quotes, Hollywood gossip and more;
  • Work on-the-go with fast file sharing;
  • Quickly download and play music favorites from Top 40 to Classical;
  • Send emails to friends, family and co-workers with picture and video attachments;
  • Download and play vivid 3D games, and;
  • Stream must-see video and customized radio stations.

"People across Pennsylvania are increasingly relying on smartphones and 3G applications to manage their busy lives and stay connected at home or on-the-go," said Mark Frazier, president–Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Region, Verizon Wireless. "The nearly $1.2 billion we've invested into our Pennsylvania network has kept us ahead of consumer trends, provided our customers a 3G advantage and underscored our belief that any mobile device is only as good as the network it runs on. Proactive and sustained investment has made Verizon Wireless the 3G leader in Pennsylvania and nationwide."

Harnessing the Capabilities of a Robust 3G Network

Verizon Wireless' 3G network powers many leading mobile multimedia services, including:

  • Mobile Broadband Internet Access: Notebook computer users can access e-mail, download files and browse the Internet at broadband speed, downloading a one megabyte e-mail attachment – the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file – in about eight seconds and uploading it in less than 13 seconds.
  • V CAST Video: V CAST multimedia services offer customers the ability to play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their phones, as well as to watch dozens of on-demand videos, including breaking news, weather, sports highlights and the hottest entertainment clips.

Sustained Wireless Investment

The company has invested more than $60 billion since its inception to increase the wireless voice and data coverage of its national network and to add 3G services like Mobile Broadband and V CAST. As the carrier with America's largest and most reliable wireless network, Verizon Wireless cell sites in Pennsylvania provide 3G wireless data connectivity.

Engineering America's Most Reliable Wireless Network

The company's 'America's most reliable wireless network' reputation is based on network studies performed by test men and test women throughout the country. By traversing more than one million miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways, as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas–the equivalent of two roundtrips to the moon or 40 trips around the world–the test men and women confirm that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 3.5 million voice call attempts and more than 19 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 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 and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

SOURCE Verizon Wireless