HOLLY, CO — WHO:Verizon Wireless, the only major carrier with a 30-day network test-drive pledge that pays for calls if a customer isn't satisfied and switches to another carrier.
WHAT/WHERE:The company established a Cell on Light Truck (COLT) temporary cell site near the Holly High School in Holly, Colorado, in a matter of hours and delivered 20 activated phones and other services to assist emergency personnel, clean-up crews and volunteers manage the aftermath of the state's devastating tornado in Holly.
MOBILE CELL SITE FLEET: Verizon Wireless owns, maintains and deploys a fleet of Cells on Light Trucks (COLTs) and Cells on Wheels (COWS) that can mobilize quickly to provide temporary network facilities and capacity in the event of a natural disaster or other unplanned interruptions of voice and data service. The COLT is expected to remain in service in Holly until late April.
NETWORK RELIABILITY: In addition to the fleet of mobile equipment, Verizon Wireless' nationwide network reliability is supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures, which have proven particularly valuable during natural disasters and other emergencies. Standard Verizon Wireless network reliability features include battery back-up power at all facilities as well as generators installed at all switching facilities and many cell site locations.
NETWORK INVESTMENT: In Colorado, Verizon Wireless invested more than $106 million in network enhancements in 2006. The company has invested nearly $529 million during the most recent five-year period in Colorado network upgrades alone.
B-ROLL AVAILABLE:B-Roll and high-quality still photographs of Verizon Wireless' mobile cell sites used for disaster response can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
CONTACT: Bob Kelley Verizon Wireless 303-694-8990 Robert.Kelley@verizonwireless.com
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 59 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 65,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. 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 www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.####