Verizon Adding Cell Sites, Readying for New Customers in NYC Area
Verizon announced on Wednesday (Jan. 12) that it will be adding 16 new 3G cell sites to the New York City area, indicating that the service provider is anticipating a big influx of data-hungry consumers.
The announcement comes one day after the company announced that it will carry Apple's popular iPhone 4 handset beginning in February. Until now, the iPhone was only available through AT&T.
The expanded coverage and increased data capacity will enable Verizon mobile users to receive better reception, fewer dropped calls and faster download speeds.
The signal boost should help Verizon handle the expected wave of people migrating from AT&T and other carriers.
"As it stands now, the 3G network is what most of our customers are using now," said Pat Devlin, New York Metro region president for Verizon Wireless. "While many will eventually cross over to 4G for business applications and heavier data usage, a good percentage will find that our 3G network will continue to suit their needs very well for the foreseeable future."
These new cell sites are part of Verizon Wireless' aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay competitive.