BEDMINSTER, NJ ? Fulfilling its promise made exactly six months ago to expand BroadbandAccess to many markets across the United States, Verizon Wireless, the nation's leader in next generation technology deployment, announced today that BroadbandAccess will be available in more than 14 major metropolitan areas beginning Monday, September 27, 2004. As part of Verizon Wireless' planned $1 billion investment through 2005 to roll out BroadbandAccess nationally, BroadbandAccess will be newly available in the following major metropolitan areas:
Verizon Wireless has also expanded BroadbandAccess availability in San Diego and Washington D.C., as well as the recently announced Las Vegas metropolitan area. And while the service is already available at San Diego International Airport, Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airports in Washington D. C. and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Monday?s expansion also consists of making the service available at some of the nation?s other busiest airports, including:
"Verizon Wireless' national rollout of BroadbandAccess builds on our strategy to provide business and individual customers superior voice and data networks in the United States," said Denny Strigl, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless. "While today's announcement of adding these markets to our BroadbandAccess coverage area and expanding the service to include coverage of 34 million people is very exciting, I want to reiterate that we are on target to expand BroadbandAccess to cover one-third of our network -- approximately 75 million Americans -- by the end of 2004."
Powered by an Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) third generation (3G) wide-area network, BroadbandAccess offers the fastest commercially available wide-area, fully mobile Wireless Data experience in the nation today, with typical user download speeds of 300-500 kilobits per second (kbps). BroadbandAccess is based on CDMA technology, a digital wireless technology commercially developed by QUALCOMM. Because it is backward compatible, customers who travel outside a BroadbandAccess area with an EV-DO device will seamlessly switch to Verizon Wireless' existing NationalAccess network, based on 1xRTT technology.
"The expansion of BroadbandAccess enables Verizon Wireless' business customers in many markets across the country to remain connected and productive even when out of the office," said Roger Entner, program director of wireless and mobile services for The Yankee Group. "The e-mail experience with BroadbandAccess is close to a wired experience, and Internet browsing is virtually indistinguishable from the wired world. With the addition of these markets and planned expansion through the end of the year to cover 75 million people, BroadbandAccess is a viable and exciting solution for business customers."
BroadbandAccess will be available to business and individual customers in additional U.S. metropolitan areas later this year and through 2005. Using laptops equipped with BroadbandAccess PC 5220 cards, business customers can use the high-speed service outside the office, from any location within the BroadbandAccess coverage area, as an extension of their corporate local area network (LAN) or intranet. Customers can access e-mail, intranets and the Internet and download files residing behind corporate firewalls (a small PowerPoint presentation or large PDF file in less than 30 seconds). In the coming year, individual customers will also be able to enjoy the many fun and visual capabilities that BroadbandAccess affords, including multi-player gaming, music and video content, video messaging and other multi-media applications.
"Our investment to build the nation's fastest commercially available wide-area Wireless Data service gives our enterprise customers two key advantages in wireless communications: speed and mobility. Our BroadbandAccess customers have seen an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits, which are key advantages in today's competitive business environment," said Dick Lynch, executive vice president and chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless.
BroadbandAccess is available for $79.99 monthly access for unlimited use with a one-year customer agreement. Verizon Wireless is offering a promotional saving on its first BroadbandAccess device, the Verizon Wireless PC 5220 card, which also provides access to the company's NationalAccess data network. Through December 31, 2004, Verizon Wireless customers can buy the Verizon Wireless PC 5220 card for $99.99 with a two-year customer agreement or $149.99 with a one-year customer agreement after $150 rebate.
Lucent Technologies and Nortel Networks continue to provide wireless infrastructure technology for BroadbandAccess. In March 2004, Verizon Wireless announced a $167 million agreement with Nortel Networks and a $525 million agreement with Lucent for the companies to provide Verizon Wireless' next-generation network infrastructure. For more information on BroadbandAccess and Verizon Wireless Data services, please visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Business customers can contact a Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative directly at 1-800-VZW-4-BIZ.
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