IRVINE, CA — As race fans travel to Fontana, California to see live racing at its best this weekend, Verizon Wireless crews and engineers have been hard at work revving up wireless coverage. The company has deployed a "Cell On Light Truck" (COLT) to the speedway to boost 3G coverage and call capacity. That means the Verizon Wireless network is ready for a spike in calls, text messages, picture messages, video messages and internet connections in and around the speedway.
Verizon Wireless operates a fleet of locally based COLTs and "Cells on Wheels" (COWs). These are fully functional, generator-powered mobile cell sites used for rapid, and short-term network response. For example, in the past year, the company has deployed mobile cell sites and other equipment to more than a dozen wildfire incidents around the country to support the communication needs of fire fighters.
Motorsports and Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the primary sponsor on the No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger driven by award-winning driver Justin Allgaier. The company is also an associate sponsor on the No. 3 and No. 6 Team Penske cars for the 2009 IndyCar Series season.
Verizon Championship Racing, a new category available to V CAST subscribers, offers a host of multimedia options for fans including behind-the-scenes exclusive interviews with NASCAR drivers, recaps of races, highlights, games, news and other racing information.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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.