Verizon Wireless Brings 'COLT' to Red, White & BOOM! In Columbus, Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Verizon Wireless is bringing a temporary cell site—called a COLT, or Cell On Light Truck—to downtown Columbus to provide additional network calling capacity for the thousands of people expected to flock to the city for Red, White & BOOM! on Friday, July 3.

This service enhancement means that more customers can use the Verizon Wireless network concurrently, whether making voice calls or using data applications such as text and picture messaging.

“Red, White & BOOM! attracts thousands of visitors, and that means additional demand for wireless service, even though it may be for just one day,” said Roger Tang–president, Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Region, Verizon Wireless. “Our COLT enables us to meet that temporary increase in call volume and to provide customers with high quality service.”

The ability to meet call volume demand, even on a temporary basis, is part of the company’s commitment to stay ahead of the growing need for Verizon Wireless’ voice and data services.

Verizon Wireless has invested more than $50 billion since it was formed—$5.5 billion on average every year—to increase the coverage and capacity of its nationwide premier network and to add new services. In 2008, the company invested more than $258 million in its Ohio network.

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