Verizon Expanding EV-DO Coverage


Verizon Wireless has expanded its EV-DO wireless broadband network to more customers as it added seven new markets to the growing list of areas where its two EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) based services, BroadbandAccess and V CAST, are available. Today, Verizon Wireless’ EV-DO network now includes the major metropolitan areas and airports in Baton Rouge, LA; Charlotte and Raleigh Durham, NC; Denver; Louisville, KY; and San Francisco and Sacramento, CA. Seeing how the next generation of Blackberrys are slated to have high speed wireless technology built-in, this is very welcomed news.

Dick Lynch, executive vice president and chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless, said: “We made the promise that Verizon Wireless’ broadband network would be widely-available by the end of 2005, and here we are today, fulfilling that promise. It should come as no surprise that we are ahead of schedule – after all, this is what we do, we build networks. We are confident that our deployment and network technology will enable customers to reap the benefits of the nation’s only national wireless broadband network.”

John Stratton, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless, noted: “Our customers don’t have to wait until next year or whenever for wireless broadband to be available – let alone only in business corridors. Today, Verizon Wireless has expanded the reach of its EV-DO network, but we’re also rewarding new and existing voice customers with a tremendous opportunity to save when they sign up for BroadbandAccess.”