What:In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service, Verizon Wireless is expanding its network capacity during the Olympic trials by deploying a temporary mobile site called a COLT (Cell on Light Truck). Fifty thousand people are expected to attend the trials. The COLT will be live for the duration of the trials (June 27 July 6).
A COLT is a self-contained mobile cell site designed specifically for rapid and short-term network response. It enhances wireless coverage so that Verizon Wireless customers can make more calls; send more text and picture messages; and download games, music and sports news.
When:COLT deployed June 26, 2008.
Where:The COLT is located on Agate Street across from Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.
Why:Verizon Wireless uses mobile cell sites to enhance its network when there is a natural disaster or other event that calls for additional cell coverage and capacity. So far this year, Verizon Wireless has deployed mobile cell sites and other equipment to more than a dozen emergencies around the country as well as many special events.
Network Investment:Verizon Wireless has invested more than $106 million in its Oregon network in 2007 and more than $442 million over the past seven years.
Reliability:In addition to its fleet of mobile equipment, Verizon Wireless' nationwide network reliability is supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures. This has 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.
B-Roll:B-Roll and high-quality still photographs of Verizon Wireless' fleet of COLTs can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 67.2 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: 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.####