COOPERSTOWN, NY — In anticipation of a surge in wireless calls by baseball fans and media traveling to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum for Induction Weekend, July 25-28, Verizon Wireless is activating a temporary cell site in Cooperstown. The cell-on-light-truck (or COLT) is a fully functional, generator-powered mobile cell site that enhances wireless capacity, allowing more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls, send and receive text and picture messages, and download music, games and ringtones. Desktop and laptop computer users will even be able to use BroadbandAccess, the company’s wireless broadband service, to surf the Web at high speeds from the downtown area.
“On important weekends like the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, traffic on our network increases greatly,” said Gene Fassett, executive director of Network for Verizon Wireless’ Upstate New York Region. “By activating this temporary cell site, our network is prepared to handle the increased activity that comes with the Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, especially when Rich "Goose" Gossage and manager Dick Williams are being honored. We anticipate a big surge in voice calls, text messages and picture messages as fans and media use their wireless devices to capture and share the weekend’s events.”
The temporary cell site is part of Verizon Wireless’ continuous effort to increase capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in New York State and across the country. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $45 billion since it was formed – on average, $5.5 billion every year -- to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new services.
Verizon Wireless’ mobile cell sites are on constant standby to provide additional wireless network capacity and coverage in emergencies and at highly attended scheduled events.
B-roll and high-quality still photographs of Verizon Wireless’ fleet of COLTs can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 68.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 70,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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.