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Residents of Cherokee County, Iowa, to Benefit From Verizon Wireless 3G Network Enhancements
Jul 19, 2011 (02:07 PM EDT)


CHEROKEE, Iowa, July 19, 2011 /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 Cherokee County, Iowa, by activating a new cell site.

The cell site, located near the intersection of Iowa Highway 3 and County Road C38 improves coverage in the Cherokee County area as follows:

  • North to U.S. Highway 59 and County Road B52;
  • South to U.S. Highway 59 and Iowa Highway 31;
  • East to Iowa Highway 7 and Highway M27;
  • and West to County Highway C38 and County Highway L51.

The new cell site provides increased wireless voice and 3G data service in the Cherokee County area which empowers more Verizon Wireless customers to rely on their wireless phones for social networking, Internet browsing, downloading apps, exchanging email and text, picture and video messaging, as well as making calls.

"Iowans are increasingly relying on smartphones and 3G applications to manage their busy lives and stay connected at home or on-the-go," said Seamus Hyland, president–Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. "This new cell site is part of our continual investment in our network so our customers can use their devices when, where and how they need them."

In addition to the ongoing investment in its 3G network, Verizon Wireless has introduced the globe's first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network which offers users average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, fully-loaded network environments. 

The company initially launched its 4G LTE network on December 5, 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans, and is quickly expanding national coverage. As of July 21, a total of 102 areas will be covered  and the company will continue a phased market rollout so that by the end of 2013, the 4G LTE network will be available everywhere Verizon has its 3G network today.

This new cell site in Cherokee County is part of Verizon Wireless' continual effort to expand coverage, increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Iowa and throughout the country. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $65 billion since it was formed — $6 billion on average every year — to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. Since 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $287 million on improvements to its wireless network in Iowa.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 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