MINOT, ND — The Verizon Wireless network team has added capacity to cell sites in several communities that are impacted by flooding of the Missouri river and its tributaries. Because of increased wireless usage, Verizon has added thirty per cent more capacity to cell sites in the cities of Minot, N.D., Bismarck/Mandan, N.D. and Yankton, S.D.; and twenty per cent more capacity to the cell sites in the cities of Pierre, S.D. and Sioux City, Iowa.
Verizon Wireless has deployed a Cell on Light Truck (COLT) to the Bismarck area, in the event a temporary cell site is needed. The network is being monitored 24/7 and so far, no cell sites have been impacted by the flooding.
All cell sites have eight hours of battery backup power in the event of a commercial power interruption and fuel delivery to mobile units and generators have been pre-arranged to keep the network operating at full strength even if power is lost for an extended time.
These kinds of intensive investments and preparations have proven crucial during severe weather events. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $65 billion since it was formed—$6 billion on average every year—to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services.
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