College Basketball Tournament Fans to Benefit from Increased Coverage from Verizon Wireless

KANSAS CITY, MO — Fans of men’s and women’s college tournament basketball who want to share their experiences on their wireless devices will benefit from Verizon Wireless’ increased coverage and capacity. Verizon Wireless will deploy a COLT, or “cell on light truck,” to the heart of downtown Kansas City, Mo., for the tournament games March 7-10.

A COLT 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 emails and text, picture and video messages; access the Internet; and view high-quality videos, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.

Not only can a COLT enhance service surrounding large-scale entertainment and cultural 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 Harveyville, Kan., after the recent tornado disaster.

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