BASKING RIDGE, NJ – April 1, 2013 — Verizon Wireless has completed its purchase of partnership interests in Mohave Cellular Limited Partnership (“Mohave Wireless”) from Frontier Communications and Rio Virgin Telephone. Verizon Wireless now owns 100 percent of Mohave Wireless. Financial terms are not being disclosed.
This transaction will expand Verizon Wireless’ footprint in northwest Arizona. Mohave Wireless’ spectrum license and operations cover a population of 203,000. The market is located between Las Vegas and Phoenix, and covers a part of the Grand Canyon, Kingman, Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City.
Verizon Wireless will integrate Mohave Wireless’ EV-DO (3G) network with the Verizon Wireless network and plans to deploy 4G LTE services in the near future. Verizon Wireless will serve Mohave Wireless customers, using the existing brand name, until the network integration is complete in early 2014. At that time, Mohave Wireless customers will receive a letter from Verizon Wireless explaining their service transition. Mohave Wireless customers do not need to take any action at this time.
Verizon Wireless has invested more than $80 billion since its inception to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network, including the building and rapid expansion of its 4G LTE network, which currently is available in 486 markets nationwide, covering close to 89 percent of the U.S. population.