Verizon Wireless Invests Nearly $44 Million in 2006 to Enhance Wisconsin Network

New Cell Sites, Equipment Upgrades, High-Speed Wireless Network Expansion Improve System

MILWAUKEE, Jan. 31 /- Verizon Wireless announced today it has invested nearly $44 million in 2006 to enhance its digital network in Wisconsin. The enhancements included building new cell sites and upgrading existing cell sites, increasing coverage area, and expanding the high-speed wireless broadband network to many new markets.

"Network reliability is the No. 1 reason that customers choose and stay with Verizon Wireless," said T.J. Fox, Region President for Verizon Wireless. "Getting through on the first try and maintaining a connection are important to our customers. We continue to optimize our network so that it remains dependable."

Verizon Wireless has invested $178 million over the past five years on improvements to its network in Wisconsin, including the following upgrades made in 2006:

o Eight new cell sites were activated statewide to improve network
coverage and capacity, enabling more customers to use their phones
concurrently to make calls; send and receive email and text, picture
and video messages; and download games and ringtones while enjoying
clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.
o Equipment on 87 existing cell sites throughout the state was upgraded.
o Twenty permanent backup generators were installed at Wisconsin cell
sites to ensure network functionality during times of crisis.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at . 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 .

Source: Verizon Wireless

Carolyn A. Schamberger,
APR, Verizon Wireless,
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