the block or around the globe, the power and intelligence of Verizons
high-tech networks give customers more choice of communications services,
both now and in the future. Our networks touch more customers in a
day than many companies do in an entire year. We will begin 2006 serving
more than 51 million wireless customers, nearly 30 million wireline
households, 134,000 large business customers, and thousands of schools,
libraries, universities and government offices all over the United
States and the world.
Verizon is the industry leader in wireless, broadband and global communications
networks because we continue to invest in the advanced infrastructure
necessary to deliver superior products and services to customers with
a growing appetite for innovation.
Innovative products and great customer service helped Verizon Wireless
add a record 7.5 million new subscribers last year, with the highest
customer loyalty in the industry. Our subscribers enjoy the most reliable
wireless network in the country, as well as the most widely available
wireless broadband network in the country.
In the residential market, Verizon is giving customers a better choice
for broadband and video services. Our new state-of-the-art fiber network,
which takes fiber-optic technology all the way to customers
homes and businesses, is the most advanced broadband network being
deployed in America today. Our fiber network provides customers with
blazing fast Internet connections and over 400 channels of 100 percent
In addition, our merger with MCI earlier this year has made Verizon
a leading global provider of advanced communications solutions to
the business and government marketplace. We own and operate one of
the most expansive end-to-end global Internet Protocol (IP) networks.
This infrastructure includes over 270,000 domestic and 360,000 international
route miles of fiber-optic cable, provides next-generation IP network
services to medium and large businesses and government customers,
and offers access to over 140 countries.
Our investments in fiber, wireless broadband and global IP networks
have made us a strong competitor in the converged communications marketplace.
But what really sets us apart is our ability to integrate these network
strengths to improve efficiencies and provide better value to our
As technology and competition continue to evolve, our customers will
find new and exciting ways to connect with each other. To satisfy
the needs of a constantly changing marketplace, were focused
on delivering the best customer experience possible. Our quality networks,
innovative products, reliable service and great value will continue
to make Verizon the first choice in communications.