Chattanooga, Tennessee's Riverbend Festival Gets Enhanced Wireless Coverage With A Mobile Cell Site Deployed By Verizon Wireless

CHATTANOOGA, TN — Holy Cow! Verizon Wireless technicians have sent a high-tech Cell on Wheels (COW) to Chattanooga for the annual Riverbend Festival to keep festival-goers talking, texting and surfing the Web while they enjoy the music and festivities.

With a 75-foot telescoping antenna and 11 dedicated voice and high-speed data channels, the COW can handle thousands of phone calls and data transmissions simultaneously. The unit will fortify Verizon Wireless’ already stout network in downtown Chattanooga during the spike in network traffic expected during the Riverbend Festival. The COW will enhance coverage for 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. Deploying the COW for additional network coverage at the Riverbend Festival is part of Verizon Wireless’ continuing commitment to expand coverage, increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network throughout the country. To date, Verizon has invested more than $970 million in the Tennessee network since 2003.

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving nearly 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 81,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: 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.

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