STATE COLLEGE, PA — Verizon Wireless is installing a temporary cell site—called a COW, or Cell On Wheels—near Penn State University’s Beaver Stadium to provide additional network coverage and calling capacity just in time for football season. This service enhancement means that more customers can use the Verizon Wireless network concurrently to make calls or using data applications such as text, picture and video messaging during home football games.
“Penn State University’s Beaver Stadium is the second-largest college stadium in the nation with a capacity for more than 107,000 fans, and home game attendance records are consistently being broken,” said Roger Tang–president, Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Region, Verizon Wireless. “Our COW enables us to meet the increase in call volume during this football season and to continue to offer our customers the reliable network service they’ve come to expect.”
The COW is a fully functional, generator-powered cell site, which has the same call capacity as a freestanding cell site. This network improvement is part of Verizon Wireless’ continual effort to expand coverage, improve capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Pennsylvania and throughout the country.
Verizon Wireless has invested more than $50 billion since it was formed—$5.5 billion on average every year—to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. Over the past 18 months, the company has invested nearly $330 million in its Pennsylvania network.
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