CHANDLER, Ariz., Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2012, technology solutions made possible by the strength of the Verizon Wireless network helped millions more Americans access preventative healthcare and made one of the largest recyclers in the nation more efficient. School buses outfitted with wireless connections helped students continue learning outside of the school walls and arrive home safely. Businesses kept the lights on and systems running thanks to reliable wireless emergency-backup options. And professional sports teams transformed their on-field and on-court operations using connected tablets. "Our technology and networks help to make people stronger by delivering powerful solutions for consumers and businesses," said Andres Irlando, region president, Verizon Wireless. Verizon Wireless invested nearly $135 million during 2012 in Arizona to provide new wireless services; expanding network coverage and capacity for customers across the state. Verizon Wireless' network investment in the Grand Canyon State now totals more than $1.2 billion since 2000. Nationally, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $80 billion since it was formed to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide networks and to add new services. As part of its 2012 network investment, Verizon Wireless expanded its 4G LTE network throughout Arizona including:
Vail, Marana, Saddlebrooke, Nogales, Douglas, Benson and Sierra Vista;
Casa Grande, Eloy and Coolidge;
Prescott, Prescott Valley;
Sedona, Oak Creek and Cottonwood;
Payson, Star Valley and Rye.
Verizon Wireless first launched its 4G LTE network in metro Phoenix/the Valley of the Sun in Dec. 2010 and in metro Tucson in Aug. 2011. Already the largest commercial 4G LTE network in the world, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is now available in 476 markets. By the end of 2013, the Verizon 4G LTE footprint will completely cover the area served today by its 3G network. For more information on solutions powered by Verizon, visit www.verizon.com/powerfulanswers. About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 98.2 million retail customers, including 92.5 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 73,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.