Holy COW…! Verizon Wireless Deploys Mobile Cell Site To Boost Coverage At The Riverbend Festival In Chattanooga, Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA, TN — Verizon Wireless technicians have deployed a high-tech Cell on Wheels (COW) for the Riverbend Festival to ensure that thousands of music fans can make and receive calls, send messages and stay connected during the festivities.

The COW features a 75-foot telescoping antenna and 11 dedicated voice and high-speed data channels, each of which can handle hundreds of phone calls and data transmissions simultaneously. The unit will strengthen the already robust Verizon Wireless network in downtown Chattanooga during the expected spike in wireless calls; text, picture and video messages; Internet connections; and other wireless traffic.

The Verizon Wireless network utilizes the most advanced 3G high-speed Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) wireless technology, allowing customers to enjoy clearer call reception and faster speeds when sending text or multimedia messages. It also complements more advanced wireless services, such as V CAST, which allows customers to stream video clips, play cutting-edge 3D games and download songs over-the-air; VZ Navigator(SM), a location-based service offering maps, audible driving directions, traffic updates, gas station locations/pricing; and the newest, most reliable Push to Talk technology.

Boosting coverage at the Riverbend Festival is part of the company's continuing investment to expand coverage, increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network throughout the country. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $700 million in Tennessee since 2003.

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 86.6 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 86,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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.