COOPERSTOWN, NY — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for baseball fans and media traveling to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum for Induction Weekend, July 27-29, Verizon Wireless is activating a temporary cell site in Cooperstown. The Cell on Light Truck (or 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, send and receive text and picture messages, access the Internet and download games and ringtones. The company placed the COLT in Cooperstown to handle the expected influx of calls and messages sent by visitors and media coming into town for the Hall of Fame induction festivities.
"On important weekends like the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, traffic on our network increases greatly," said Gene Fassett, executive director of Network for Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region. "By activating this temporary cell site, our network is prepared to handle the increased activity that comes with the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, especially when two great players like Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken are being honored. We anticipate a big surge in voice calls, text messages and picture messages as fans and media use their wireless devices to capture and share the weekend's events."
The temporary cell site is part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless voice and data services. Verizon Wireless has invested $37 billion in the last seven years on average, $5 billion every year since the company was formed seven years ago to increase coverage and capacity, and to offer customers the most reliable service available in the nation. Services include wireless data services such as picture messaging, text messaging, V CAST and V CAST Music, ESPN MVP and wireless Internet access.
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 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.####