DES MOINES, IA — Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the nation's most reliable voice and data network, will boost network capacity with portable cell sites at three cities along this year's route for the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI®) from July 20-26.
The company announced it will activate a Cell on Light Truck (COLT) for tour stops in Missouri Valley on July 19, Ames on July 22 and North Liberty on July 24, and bring a Cell on Wheels (COW) to Jefferson on July 21. These temporary cell sites are equivalent to the highest capacity stationary site presently in Iowa and are able to process thousands of calls every hour.
"As the official wireless provider for RAGBRAI, we are committed to serving our customers as well as the ride organizers along this year's route," said Nancy B. Clark, president ─ Great Plains region, Verizon Wireless. "Based on our research, we anticipate each of these Iowa communities will experience double the usage during the ride's tour stop than would occur during an average summer day," Clark said.
Heading into its 36th year, RAGBRAI is the longest, largest and oldest touring bicycle ride in the world. RAGBRAI's 10,000 riders will attract an estimated 10,000 viewers at most stops along the route.
Verizon Wireless' fleet of COLTs and COWs provides service at special events, such as RAGBRAI, that demand additional network capacity. They also are designed for use when natural disasters or other unplanned events interrupt wireless voice and data service. The company recently deployed a COLT at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids for flood recovery efforts and also has used these temporary cell sites to increase capacity at the Iowa State Fair and in Iowa City for the Iowa-Iowa State football game.
Verizon Wireless continues to increase capacity and augment the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Iowa and across the country. The company has invested more than $45 billion since it was formed $5.5 billion on average every year to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services. More than $202.5 million of this investment was spent in Iowa over the past seven years on network improvements.
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