BOSTON and DENVER — With the umpire ready to shout "Play ball!," Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, is ready for all the action. Verizon Wireless works year-round to expand coverage, increase capacity and strengthen the quality of its wireless network to ensure it is the MVP when it comes to handling the increased call volumes that occur around special events, including baseball's biggest games.
In Boston, Verizon Wireless has increased its network capacity by activating a temporary cell site at Fenway Park. The Cell on Wheels (or COW) is a mobile cell site that enhances wireless capacity - allowing more customers to concurrently place calls, exchange text and picture messages, and download multimedia content. More than 260,000 text messages were exchanged around Fenway during the October 12 game.
During the recent big games in Denver, Verizon Wireless experienced up to 12 times the usual call volume on its downtown area network. To make sure the network remains game-ready in the Mile High City, the company has added two new cell sites earlier this year to improve coverage and capacity along the 16th Street Mall and near the Pepsi Center sports complex; augmented capacity to existing sites that serve Coors Field and the surrounding area; and enhanced in-building coverage at several hotels in the downtown area for visiting baseball fans and customers.
Verizon Wireless has invested more than $40 billion since it was formed more than $5 billion on average every year to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. In 2006 the company invested $6.6 billion, and in the first six months of this year has invested $3.4 billion.
Verizon Wireless offers a host of applications and services from V CAST Mobile TV, V CAST Video, Mobile Web 2.0SM and Get It Now® to keep fans up to date with the latest scores and highlights while on-the-go. V CAST Mobile TV subscribers who want to keep up with the action from their wireless phones can visit www.verizonwireless.com/mobiletv to view the program guide to see what's on in the next 48 hours. Baseball fans can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/vcast and select the content category to learn more about baseball applications that can help keep them informed and entertained.
For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon 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.####