MIAMI, FL — Indianapolis has Peyton and Marvin, but the COLTS putting up the biggest numbers at professional football's championship game will be two Cells on Light Trucks from Verizon Wireless.
The brand new COLTS, the most powerful and technologically advanced mobile cell sites ever deployed by Verizon Wireless in Florida, have been rolled into position near Dolphins Stadium to boost wireless coverage for the tens of thousands of visiting football fans, game sponsors and news media, as well as for local residents and businesses.
The units will strengthen coverage in the region for the super spike in wireless calls, TXT Messages, Picture and Video Messages, internet connections and other wireless traffic, from South Florida to around the world, during the many high-profile game-related activities.
Each COLT features a 75-foot telescoping antenna, nine dedicated voice channels and two high-speed data channels, which can handle hundreds of phone calls and data transmissions simultaneously. At the height of the Big Game spectacle, Verizon Wireless expects millions of successful connections per hour on its Florida digital network.
In addition to the COLTS, Verizon Wireless has fine-tuned its permanent network sites and added capacity to ensure the highest performance throughout South Florida for the Big Game challenge.
"With no disrespect to Indianapolis, we think we have the most dynamic and powerful COLTS and overall network for the big game this weekend," said Pamela Tope, Florida region president of Verizon Wireless. "These technologies are part of an ongoing effort to maintain the strongest and most reliable wireless coverage throughout the year for customers here in Florida."
Verizon Wireless invested $205 million in 2006 in Florida to enhance services and coverage to customers throughout the state. The company's network investment now totals about $1.5 billion in Florida and more than $35 billion nationally over the past seven years.
Efforts in Florida in 2006 featured the addition of more than 90 new wireless transmission sites, as well as the launch of the high-speed wireless data network in numerous new markets in the state. With these launches, nearly 90 percent of Florida's population has access to the most advanced wireless broadband services such as BroadbandAccess and V CAST.
BroadbandAccess allows customers to connect wirelessly to the Internet, download e-mail and applications, and log into their corporate servers via their laptop at broadband speeds. The technology provides mobile workers full access, productivity and security, just as if they were at their desks and attached via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility.
The Verizon Wireless V CAST service gives customers access to short video content, downloadable music, and cutting-edge 3D games on their mobile phones. With V CAST, customers can get short video content on-demand, including current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming. And music lovers with a V CAST Music-enabled phone are able to download and play their favorite songs all while on-the-go.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 59 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 65,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at 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.