The “Big Apple” is now home to big wireless broadband via Verizon Wireless’ next-generation network.
Verizon Wireless announced Wednesday that it expanded its “Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO)” network to all five boroughs in the city, most recently lighting up Staten Island.
The wireless carrier first rolled out EV-DO network service in lower Manhattan in September 2004, and it invested more than $400 million last year in upgrades in the New York metro area. During the past six years, it has spent $30 billion on nationwide buildout of the EV-DO network, which now reaches some 150 million potential customers.
EV-DO supports data throughputs between 400 kilobits per second and 700 kbps, with the ability to burst north of 1 megabit per second. Based on that, Verizon Wireless is offering a “BroadbandAccess” Internet service aimed business customers for $59.99 bundled with voice service or $79.99 for data only.
On the consumer side, the regional Bell operating company offers the “V CAST” broadband-content and multimedia service for $15 per month with an existing Verizon Wireless calling plan.