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Verizon Wireless activates new cell site in Harford to boost 3G service at APG

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June 24, 2011

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Verizon Wireless announced it has activated a new cell site in Harford County to expand wireless voice and 3G data coverage, specifically to bring improved coverage and capacity to Aberdeen Proving Ground and surrounding area.

According to a Verizon Wireless news release, the expanded 3G capacity for APG lets more customers using tablets, laptops or smart phones rapidly browse the Web; send and receive emails; open and download attachments; instantly download the latest apps; and more.

The company said its increased coverage is part of an aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless' voice and data services. Last year alone, the company said, it spent $347 million on regional network improvements, bringing total network investment in the region since 2000 to more than $2.6 billion.

According to the Verizon Wireless release, mobile broadband customers in enhanced broadband wireless coverage areas can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps. Customer demand for these advanced services continues to grow, the company said.

In addition to enhancing its 3G network, Verizon Wireless has deployed its 4G LTE Network in 74 metropolitan areas and 76 commercial airports coast to coast covering one-third of all Americans. During 2011, the company said will continue to expand its 4G footprint to include more than 175 markets by year-end.