Today, in Louisville, Kentucky Verizon Wireless announced the dollar figures invested to improve the network in KY. Coming in at $38 million the details for the plan include building 14 new cell sites and upgrading over 200 existing sites for an overall increase in coverage of the 3G network.
Verizon’s commitment to partner with rural carriers like Bluegrass Cellular to not only bring 4G/LTE to rural areas, but to continue improving 3G coverage sets the example for other carriers to follow. If Verizon is showing this level of devotion to Kentucky I get the impression they are giving other states a similar, if not better amount of attention.
During the January 2009 Ice Storm that crippled communications, water, and power for thousands of Kentuckians over the span of a few weeks, Verizon Wireless provided cell phones to rescue and maintenance teams in support of their missions to get the communities impacted by this event back up and running. At the time of this massive storm Verizon was the most reliable wireless service in the area.
The official statement is included below for your review:
VERIZON WIRELESS INVESTS NEARLY $38 MILLION
IN 2010 TO ENHANCE KENTUCKY NETWORK
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Verizon Wireless announced today it invested nearly $38 million in 2010 to enhance its network in Kentucky. The enhancements included building 14 new cell sites and upgrading equipment on more than 200 existing cell sites to increase coverage and capacity of the company’s voice and 3G high-speed wireless network.
“While our company is focused on building out our 4G network nationwide over the next few years, we remain committed to improving our 3G network that millions of customers rely on every day—here in Kentucky and across the United States,” said John Granby, president–Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. “Customers may use their wireless devices in different ways, but they all have one need in common—a reliable network. Regardless of how Kentuckians rely on their wireless devices, whether it’s ensuring they can keep in touch with loved ones during an ice storm or they can share their experience at the Kentucky Derby via their favorite social networking site, we will stay ahead of our customers’ increasing demands for fast and secure wireless data services.”
Since the company was formed in 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested nearly $345 million on improvements to its network in Kentucky, including the following upgrades made in 2010:
- Fourteen new cell sites were activated statewide to improve network coverage and capacity, enabling more customers to use their phones for social networking, Internet browsing, downloading apps and music, exchanging email and text, picture and video messages, watching high-quality videos and making calls.
- Performance-based equipment was installed at more than 200 cell sites across Kentucky; thereby boosting capacity of the company’s advanced 3G high-speed wireless network as well as improving its speed and performance.
- Permanent backup generators were installed at 16 Kentucky cell sites to ensure network functionality during times of crisis.
- Temporary cell sites were deployed at various high-profile events to beef up network capacity, so that more customers can concurrently use their wireless devices. The temporary cell sites are fully functional, generator-powered mobile cell sites that enhance wireless capacity in a given area and work especially well at events with large crowds, including Thunder Over Louisville, Kentucky Derby, Breeders Cup (all in Louisville), Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (in Lexington) and IndyCar Race at Kentucky Speedway (in Sparta).
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In Kentucky, Verizon Wireless has more than 150 employees and 120-plus locations including company-owned retail stores, indirect agents and national retailers.
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