LONG POND, PA — In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for NASCAR fans during the Pocono 500 Weekend, June 5-7 at Pocono Raceway, Verizon Wireless will beef up its network capacity by deploying a temporary mobile cell site known as a COLT (Cell on Light Truck).
With more than 100,000 fans and tailgaters expected for the race, Long Pond will become Pennsylvania’s third-largest city during race weekend. During that time, the Verizon Wireless network will handle five times the number of wireless calls than during a typical weekend. The COLT deployment will enhance wireless capacity, allowing more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls, send and receive text and picture messages, and download games and ringtones.
“When we anticipate a significant surge in wireless activity, we bring in additional mobile cell sites that work along with our existing area network to compensate,” said Ed Chan, executive director of network for Verizon Wireless’ Philadelphia Tri-State Region. “The COLT enables us to handle the temporary increase in wireless usage and ensures that we are providing our customers with the highest quality service from the nation’s most reliable network.”
Quick Facts on the Verizon Wireless COLT
- The temporary cell site can process thousands of calls every hour.
- Each 25,000-pound COLT features two retractable masts, a microwave antenna to link network components, an emergency power generator and a small office.
- The COLTs are also fully equipped with resources needed during emergencies including equipment, fuel, electrical generators, food, water and cots.
The temporary cell site is part of Verizon Wireless’ continuous effort to increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in the Philadelphia Tri-State Region and across the country. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $50 billion since it was formed to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services like Mobile Broadband and V CAST. The company spent more than $200 million last year to expand and enhance its wireless network across central, northeastern and southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, bringing the network investment in the region to more than $1.3 billion since 2001.
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