Statewide 3G upgrades for Verizon Wireless

The Associated Press
Posted May 21, 2009, at 2:39 p.m.

WILMINGTON, Mass. — Verizon Wireless announced it has added 76 new 3G cell sites across 12 Maine counties.

The designation “3G” stands for “third generation” and describes the type of cellular network that allows cell phone users to access and download data and multimedia at broadband speeds.

The company said it also upgraded equipment at already existing 3G cell sites throughout eight of those counties, effectively doubling network coverage in those areas.

“The 3G network we’ve built in Maine is simply unprecedented,” said Ken Dixon, president of Verizon Wireless’ New England Region. “One-hundred percent of our CDMA cell sites in Maine and across New England are 3G, giving local businesses and consumers incredible speed, mobility and reliability at home, in the office and on vacation.

Since acquiring the Unicel network in August 2008 as part of its purchase of Rural Cellular Corp., Verizon Wireless said it has worked to integrate those cell sites onto its 3G network.

The upgrades in Maine include multiple sites:

- Aroostook County: 19 new 3G cell sites serving portions of Aroostook, Benedicta, Caribou, Fort Kent, Hodgdon, Houlton, Island Falls, Ludlow, Madawaska, Mapleton, Mars Hill, Masardis, Orient, Portage Lake, Presque Isle, Stockholm and Wallagrass

- Knox County: two new 3G cell sites serving portions of Camden and Union.

- Penobscot County: 15 new 3G cell sites serving portions of Argyle, Bangor, Brewer, Charleston, Dexter, Howland, Husson, Kenduskeag, Lee, Lincoln, Medway, Millinocket, Newport and Patten.

- Piscataquis County: three new 3G cell sites serving portions of Brownville, Greenville and Guilford.

- Androscoggin County: four new 3G cell sites serving portions of Leeds, Lewiston and Turner.

- Franklin County: four new 3G cell sites serving portions of Farmington,Jay, Strong and Wilton.

- Kennebec County: 10 new 3G cell sites serving portions of Chelsea, Clinton, Kennebec, Manchester, Oakland, Windsor and Winthop.

- Lincoln County: three new 3G cell sites serving portions of Boothbay,Dresden and Jefferson.

- Oxford County: three new 3G cell sites serving portions of Hebron/Norway,Rumford and Woodstock

- Somerset County: six new 3G cell sites serving portions of Athens, Jackman, Norridgewock and Showhegan.

- Waldo County: two new 3G cell sites serving portions of Belfast and Prospect.

- York County: five new 3G cell sites serving portions of Biddeford, Shapleigh, Waterboro, Wells and York

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