Verizon Wireless Is Bringing A COLT To Rock USA in Wisconsin

OSHKOSH, WI — Verizon Wireless is bringing a COLT to Rock USAin Oshkosh, Wis., on July 14-16 2011, but it’s not the kind of colt you may be picturing. This 20,000 pound COLT is actually a vehicle equipped with a 30-foot antenna, back-up generator and is packed with network equipment that will be used to increase calling capacity for the thousands of wireless phone users attending the three-day event.

A COLT, or “cells on light truck,” is a fully functional, mobile cell site that enhances wireless capacity in a given area, thereby enabling thousands of extra customers in the area to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls; send and receive email and text, picture and video messages; access the Internet; view high-quality videos and download music, games and ringtones, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.

Not only can a COLT enhance service surrounding large-scale sports and entertainment events, it can also be used in times of disaster. Verizon Wireless’ COLTs can be rolled into hard-hit locations or areas that temporarily need extra network capacity, such as Joplin, Mo., after the recent tornado disaster.

Story Opportunities

  • View the Verizon Wireless COLT on-site at Rock USA and learn about how these trucks can aid network facilities during an event, disaster, or other interruption, and process thousands of calls every hour.
  • Obtain information on how the wireless network works and what Verizon Wireless does to enhance service to customers.
  • Conduct interviews with Verizon Wireless network operations representatives.

Visual Opportunities

  • High tech, 20,000 pound vehicle with 30-foot antenna and generator.
  • Network equipment inside the vehicle.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Colin Deval at 414-299-3942 or via email at