Verizon Wireless Is Bringing A COLT To Country USA

OSHKOSH, WI — Verizon Wireless is bringing a COLT to Country USA in Oshkosh, Wis., June 21-25, 2011, but it’s not the kind of colt you may be picturing. This 20,000 pound COLT is actually a vehicle equipped with a 30-foot antenna, back-up generator and is packed with network equipment that will be used to increase calling capacity for the thousands of wireless phone users attending the five-day event.

A COLT, or “cells on light truck,” is a fully functional, mobile cell site that enhances wireless capacity in a given area, thereby enabling thousands of extra customers in the area to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls; send and receive email and text, picture and video messages; access the Internet; view high-quality videos and download music, games and ringtones, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.

Not only can a COLT enhance service surrounding large-scale sports and entertainment events, it can also be used in times of disaster. Verizon Wireless’ COLTs can be rolled into hard-hit locations or areas that temporarily need extra network capacity, such as Joplin, Mo., after the recent tornado disaster.

Story Opportunities

  • View the Verizon Wireless COLT on-site at Country USA and learn about how these trucks can aid network facilities during an event, disaster, or other interruption, and process thousands of calls every hour.
  • Obtain information on how the wireless network works and what Verizon Wireless does to enhance service to customers.
  • Conduct interviews with Verizon Wireless network operations representatives.

Visual Opportunities

  • High tech, 20,000 pound vehicle with 30-foot antenna and generator.
  • Network equipment inside the vehicle.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Colin Deval at 414-299-3942 or via email at

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 104 million total wireless connections, including more than 88 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at