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December 23, 2009

Verizon Wireless Invests Nearly $240 Million to Enhance 3G Network in Florida

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Verizon Wireless reports that it has invested nearly $240 million in 2009 to further enhance advanced wireless services and coverage for Florida customers.

Company officials say the investment includes the activation of new cell sites, construction and upgrades to large network facilities, installation of special technology at high-traffic Florida venues, and the integration of the former Alltel network and customers into the more advanced Verizon (News - Alert) Wireless network.

According to a press release, a total of 65 new EV-DO Rev A cell sites were installed and activated throughout Florida in 2009 to strengthen coverage and enhance 3G high-speed wireless services in targeted areas for customers.

Multi-site projects were completed in Orlando, the Panhandle, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and near Ocala National Forest.

Verizon Wireless reportedly plans to launch its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE (News - Alert)) wireless network in 25 to 30 markets nationally in 2010.

These markets, company officials said, have not been identified, but all network enhancements in Florida in 2009 have been made to better prepare the network here for the eventual rollout of 4G LTE technology.

TMCnet recently reported that Verizon Wireless has activated a new cell site on the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale campus.

According to Verizon officials, the new cell site would help more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls; send and receive e-mail and text, picture and video messages, access the Internet; view high-quality videos and download music, games and ringtones, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard