Verizon 3G Upgrade 20% Complete
Dec 27, 2001, 6:46 AM by (staff)
Verizon Wireless reports promising results from participants in its Express Network preview, setting the stage for the planned commercial availability of its cdma2000 1xRTT "Express Network" in the first half of 2002. Verizon Wireless is continuing to work with manufacturers in order to provide high-quality devices in significant numbers, in order to support commercial service. Expansion of the Express Network is underway, with 20% of the company’s overall footprint covered by the end of 2001. By mid-2002, a majority of the CDMA network will be upgraded.
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