Wireless Broadband Network Launched in Rapid City, SD
Verizon Wireless announced today that it has expanded the national rollout of its high-speed wireless network to Rapid City and portions of Custer, Meade, Pennington, and
Lawrence counties in South Dakota. The expansion provides high-speed network coverage within Rapid City and east along Interstate 90 to Quinn, including Ellsworth Air Force Base, Box Elder, New Underwood, and Wall. Coverage extends south of Rapid City to Hermosa, southeast to Rapid Valley, west to Colonial Pine Hills, and northwest on I-90 to Spearfish, including the communities of Black Hawk, Whitewood and Sturgis.
“Rapid City and the surrounding communities represent a vital market with dynamic, tech-savvy business people, residents and students who want to stay connected,” said Nancy B. Clark, president — Great Plains region, Verizon Wireless. “The launch of our broadband network here provides our customers with access to the very latest wireless technology.”
With the wireless broadband network, Verizon Wireless customers in the area now enjoy two prime services:
— BroadbandAccess, the enhanced high-speed wireless service that equips business customers with a truly untethered mobile office experience, enabling them to wirelessly access their calendars, the Internet, e-mail, and critical business information residing behind their companies’ firewalls; and
— V CAST, a consumer-oriented multimedia service that gives customers access to the most comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos and the coolest 3D games found anywhere.
Based on Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) network technology, BroadbandAccess provides mobile workers with the ability to access their corporate information as if they were attached to this data via a high-speed wired connection but with the freedom of true mobility. Developed with a range of users in mind, the service enables large enterprises, small- to medium-sized businesses and mobile professionals to conduct business anytime, anywhere in the BroadbandAccess coverage area via a secure, true high-speed data connection.
With BroadbandAccess, business customers, residents and visitors to these areas of South Dakota can expect average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps. That means they can download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment — the equivalent of a small PowerPoint(R) presentation or a large PDF file — in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds. Customers who travel outside the enhanced
BroadbandAccess coverage area with an EV-DO device will switch seamlessly to the company’s NationalAccess service.
“Our enhanced BroadbandAccess service gives our customers three key advantages in wireless communication — speed, mobility and security,” Clark said. “With these advantages comes an increase in productivity and bottom-line business benefits.”
The wireless broadband network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, which offer customers the ability to download full-song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their handsets with top transmission speeds. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of on demand videos, including breaking news, weather updates, sports highlights, and the hottest
The multi-million dollar expansion includes the installation of high-tech wireless hardware and software in wireless transmission sites throughout the region. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $45 billion since it was formed — $5.5 billion on average every year — to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. More than $174 million of this investment was spent in South Dakota over the past seven years on network improvements.
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