Verizon Wireless To Deliver Slam Dunk Network Coverage For This Weekend's Big Game At The New Orleans Arena

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Verizon Wireless is bringing a Cell on Light Truck (COLT) to the New Orleans Arena to provide Verizon Wireless customers with increased network coverage during this weekend's big game.

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 such as this weekend's match-up of basketball's biggest stars.

A COLT is a fully functional, mobile cell site that enhances wireless capacity in a given area, thereby enabling thousands of extra calls to take place concurrently on the network, all in an attempt to make sure calls go through on the first try and are not disconnected mid-sentence.

Not only can a COLT enhance service surrounding large-scale events, it can also be used in times of disaster. Verizon Wireless' COLTs can be rolled into hard-hit locations or areas that need extra network capacity, such as in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Verizon Wireless has invested nearly $44 billion since it was formed — $5.5 billion on average every year — to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. In 2007 alone, Verizon Wireless invested more than $64 million to expand and advance its Louisiana network.

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