Enhancements Made to 4G LTE Network in Advance of DNC

Staying connected during the DNC.

By on September 5, 2012

Over the last 12 months, Verizon Wireless network engineers have been busy in Charlotte, N.C., enhancing wireless networks to effectively manage the expected increase in network traffic during this week’s Democratic National Convention (DNC).

Smartphones and tablets will be critical tools for thousands of delegates, journalists, commentators and others sharing information from the convention. Verizon Wireless expects record-breaking reliance on its 4G LTE and 3G networks as attendees tweet, text and share video throughout the three-day event.

DNC official venues including the Time Warner Arena, Bank of America Stadium and more than 75 area hotels now benefit from in-building repeaters, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and capacity enhancements to effectively manage the increased traffic. 

Verizon Wireless has also strategically placed temporary mobile cell towers referred to as CoWs and CoLTS (Cells on Wheels and Cells on Light Trucks) throughout downtown Charlotte to assist and increase capacity.

Verizon Wireless has made tremendous preparations for emergency services during the DNC as well. A special command center operating throughout the convention will house additional equipment, technicians and engineers, who will communicate directly with the city of Charlotte and DNC officials in the case of severe weather or other emergencies. 

“Verizon Wireless is intently focused on ensuring you have a seamless wireless experience during the Democratic National Convention,” said Jerry Fountain, Verizon Wireless region president. “ Verizon Wireless has been working diligently with the DNC committee and Charlotte officials to make sure every major venue and meeting space has excellent wireless coverage and runs at optimum capacity.”

During the convention, Duke Energy and Verizon hosted a forum on American competitiveness in association with the Aspen Institute. Harvard Business Professor Michael Porter shared new research findings on competitiveness, and former presidential advisor David Gergen moderated a panel discussion on Charlotte's growth as a thriving energy cluster and the communication technology that sustains it.

For more information on efforts to prepare for the Democratic National Convention, check out this video.