Verizon Wireless announced today that it invested more than $291 million last year to upgrade its network in Ohio.
The funds were used to light 27 new cell sites, to provision upgrades on 966 cells sites to increase the capacity and coverage of the company’s voice and 3G wireless networks, and to prep the backbone of the network to deploy 4G LTE across the state.
“Our company is focused on building a reliable 4G network both here in Ohio and nationwide, but we also remain committed to improving our 3G network, which millions of customers rely on daily,” said Beth Drohan, Midwest area vice president of the network for Verizon Wireless. “Customers may use their wireless devices in different ways, but they all have one need in common – a reliable network.”
Since the company was formed in 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested nearly $1.9 billion on improvements to its network in Ohio.
Verizon Wireless also deployed temporary cell sites last year at high-profile events, including Ohio State University football games, to alleviate network congestion and improve performance. In addition, permanent backup generators were installed at 28 cell sites to ensure the network remains reliable during times of crisis.