WARREN, NJ--(Marketwire - Aug 17, 2011) -

  • Over 80% of the New York Metro Region has access to the nation's fastest and most advanced 4G LTE network
  • Average 4G LTE data rates are 5-12 Mbps on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink
  • Addition of new cell sites shows Verizon's commitment to the ongoing expansion of the 4G LTE network within the New York Metro region

Verizon Wireless, provider of the fastest and most advanced 4G LTE network in America, has expanded its network coverage in Southern Rockland County by activating a cluster of 4G LTE cell sites across the area. The network will launch tomorrow and will be available to customers in Nyack, West Nyack, Orangeburg, Pearl River, Spring Valley and Blauvelt.

"Our goal is to bring the game-changing 4G LTE network to the entire New York Metro Region," said Pat Devlin, president of Verizon Wireless, New York Metro Region. "Beginning tomorrow, many of our Rockland County customers will have access to the nation's most advanced 4G LTE network and we're excited to offer them those faster speeds and brand new line of devices, including smartphones and tablets. These network enhancements are in key areas where local businesses and consumers alike will be able to benefit the most from our high-speed wireless services."

Residents of Southern Rockland County will now be able to enjoy the new Verizon Wireless 4G LTE devices, including the recently launched Revolution™ by LG, DROID Charge by Samsung, Thunderbolt by HTC and the 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. In addition, customers will be able to connect to the nation's fastest and most advanced network on-the-go with the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE USB Modem 551L, USB modems from LG and Pantech, as well as 4G LTE Mobile Hotspots by Novatel and Samsung. All 4G LTE devices are "backward compatible," so they will default to 3G service when 4G LTE is not available. The Verizon Wireless 3G network is available coast to coast and is the most reliable in the country.

Verizon Wireless is focused on a disciplined deployment approach that continues year after year. The company's 700 MHz spectrum provides unique advantages with 4G LTE, including a contiguous, nationwide network license. With this latest progression of wireless technology, the company has measured average data rates to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. These speeds will allow for smooth mobile video-conferencing, multiple simultaneous video streams, speedy transfer of large files, downloading and running of powerful programs, and numerous other applications that help improve productivity on the go.

For more information on Verizon Wireless 3G and 4G LTE networks, products and services, visit www.verizonwireless.com or call1-800-2 JOIN IN. Follow Verizon Wireless on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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