Significant Increase In Wireless Voice And Data Usage Expected At Belmont Stakes In New York

ELMONT, NY — Verizon Wireless, the builder and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, is preparing for a significant increase in wireless voice and data usage this weekend at Belmont Park by installing a temporary cell site just for the event.

The Cell on Wheels (COW) 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, and access the Internet. The company placed the COW near an existing cell site this week to handle the spike in wireless traffic expected as fans converge on Belmont Park for the 140th running of the Belmont Stakes.

"In a year when horse racing fans could see the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, interest in this race is greater than ever," said Pat Devlin, president of Verizon Wireless' New York Metro region. "We expect fans to share that excitement via our Verizon Wireless network before, during and after the race. This temporary cell site means our network is prepared to handle even the most extraordinary rush of calling as well as text, picture and video messaging."

The temporary cell site is part of Verizon Wireless' continuous effort to stay ahead of the growing demand for Verizon Wireless voice, data and mobile entertainment services. The company invested more than $45 billion across the nation in the past seven years to increase coverage and capacity, and to offer customers the most reliable service available in the nation.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 65.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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