Verizon Wireless and Alltel Wireless each announced their entry into new markets with the respective CDMA 1X EV-DO networks. In other 3G network news, Cingular Wireless revealed its UMTS/HSDPA services are now available in more than 160 U.S. markets.

Verizon Wireless is expanding its 3G reach in three states. Specifically, the carrier launched its BroadbandAccess and V CAST services in Helena and Missoula, Mont.; Richmond, Newport News and Norfolk, Va.; and Palm City, Fla.

Alltel is rolling out its EV-DO network in more Texas towns. The latest market entries are Longview, Marshall, Tyler and the surrounding communities. The coverage area includes Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, Athens, Palestine and Henderson. The carrier previously launched its Axcess Broadband services in Waco.

Cingular announced more than 160 markets are up and running with its 3G network. Nearly the close of 2006, the carrier says most of the top 100 U.S. markets have access to the high-speed service, which offers download data speeds between 400 kbps to 700 kbps. The network has the capability to offer bursts to over one megabit, Cingular says.