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Verizon Wireless Expands Wireless Broadband Network To Oxford, Ohio, And Miami University


High-Speed Network Gives Verizon Wireless Customers Access to Fast Wireless Internet, E-mail, Mobile Music, Videos and More.

OXFORD, OH — Verizon Wireless announced today that it has expanded the national rollout of its high-speed wireless network to Oxford, Ohio, including Miami University.

“Oxford is a vital market with dynamic, tech-savvy business people, consumers, students and faculty who want to stay connected,” said Roger Tang, president, Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia region, Verizon Wireless. “The launch of our broadband network here provides our customers with access to the very latest wireless technology.”

With the Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) wireless broadband network now available in Oxford and on the Miami University campus, Verizon Wireless customers in the area now enjoy two prime services:

* BroadbandAccess, the enhanced high-speed wireless service that equips Verizon Wireless’ business customers with a truly untethered mobile office experience, enabling them to wirelessly access their calendars, the Internet, e-mail, and critical business information residing behind their companies’ firewalls; and
* V CAST, a consumer-oriented multimedia service that gives customers access to the most comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos and the coolest 3D games found anywhere.

BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers with the ability to access their corporate information as if they were attached to this data via a high-speed wired connection but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, the service enables large enterprises, small- to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.

With BroadbandAccess, business customers, residents and visitors to the Miami University campus can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps. That means they can download a 1 megabyte e-mail attachment—the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file—in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds.

BroadbandAccess also enables Verizon Wireless customers to download files approximately 10 times faster than customers of wireless service providers that use different broadly deployed network technologies. Furthermore, customers who travel outside the enhanced BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to the company’s NationalAccess service.

“Our enhanced BroadbandAccess service gives our customers three key advantages in wireless communication—speed, mobility and security,” Tang said. “With these advantages comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits.”

V CAST: Video and Music
Verizon Wireless’ high-speed network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, which offer customers the ability to download full-song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their handsets with top transmission speeds. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of on demand videos, including breaking news, weather updates, sports highlights, and the hottest entertainment clips.

With V CAST Music, Verizon Wireless has built a massive full-song mobile music store that contains more than 2.1 million songs—from well-known as well as independent artists—that customers can download over-the-air, directly onto their V CAST Music-enabled wireless phones.

In addition to expanding BroadbandAccess and V CAST to the city of Oxford and the campus of Miami University, Verizon Wireless in recent months also has built out its high-speed wireless network on university campuses throughout Ohio including: The Ohio State University in Columbus, University of Dayton, University of Cincinnati, and Xavier University in Cincinnati.

The multi-million dollar expansion includes the installation of high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout the region. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $40 billion since it was formed—more than $5 billion on average every year—to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. More than $100 million of this investment was dedicated to Ohio in the first half of 2007.

Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. Oxford is the latest market to be added to the coverage, which is available to more than 210 million people across the country. Verizon Wireless’ broadband network was first introduced in Ohio in January 2005 in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton.

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