SYRACUSE, NY — In readiness for an increase in wireless calls and data usage by tens of thousands of fairgoers at this year’s New York State Fair, Verizon Wireless has beefed up its local network capacity by placing a temporary cell site on State Fair Boulevard. The Cell on Light Truck (or COLT) will provide additional network coverage and capacity throughout the fairgrounds, as well as portions of Route 297 (Bridge Street and Milton Ave) and a portion of Route 695.
The COLT is a fully functional, generator-powered mobile cell site that enhances wireless capacity, allowing more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls, surf the Internet, update social networking sites, send and receive text and picture messages, and download apps, music, and games. Desktop and laptop computer users will even be able to use Mobile Broadband, the company’s wireless broadband service, to surf the Web at high speeds.
“Our local network traffic increases greatly during the New York State Fair,” said Gene Fassett, executive director of Network for Verizon Wireless’ Upstate New York Region. “We anticipate a big surge in voice calls, Internet access, and text messages and picture messages as fairgoers use their wireless devices to share their experiences.”
The temporary cell site is part of the company’s aggressive multi-billion dollar network investment each year to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless’ voice and data services. The company has invested more than $60 billion nationwide since it was formed – $5.7 billion on average every year – and invested more than $100 million in Upstate New York in 2009. Verizon Wireless’ mobile cell sites are on constant standby to provide additional wireless network capacity and coverage in emergencies and at highly attended scheduled events.
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