Verizon Wireless announced today that it has expanded its 3G wireless coverage in Rockland, Westchester and Monmouth counties in New York.

The cell site improvements expanded Verizon Wireless’ mobile broadband service in New Rochelle and Grand View-on-Hudson. In Monmouth, Verizon is activating new data capacity in the company’s cell site in Middletown, which will improve coverage in surrounding areas.

Verizon said the network enhancements are part of its multi-billion-dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice and data services. Verizon Wireless spent $238 million to enhance services and coverage throughout metro New York and New Jersey in 2008, bringing total network investment to more than $2.2 billion in the region and more than $50 billion nationwide since 2000.

"We've always believed even the most advanced cell phone is only as good as the network it runs on," said Pat Devlin, Verizon Wireless' regional president. "Our 3G high-speed mobile broadband network is the largest and most reliable in the United States, and field tests are underway that will enable us to become the first wireless company to offer commercial LTE (Long Term Evolution)-based 4G service in the U.S., starting in 2010."

Last month, Cablevision, which competes with Verizon throughout the New York metropolitan area, announced it had deployed its free Wi-Fi service in Rockland County.

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