WOBURN, MA — Verizon Wireless is helping football fans "make the call" as pre-season football gets underway at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The nation's leading wireless carrier has brought a portable cell site or "COW," for Cell On Wheels, to Washington Street in Foxboro to substantially increase network capacity needed to handle the wireless call volume expected throughout the football season.
The "Cell On Wheels" (COW), a fully functional, generator-powered cell site, will be positioned to effectively double wireless capacity on the Verizon Wireless network in the area. The COW has the same call capacity as a freestanding cell site and can handle both voice and wireless data service.
"With the number of fans converging on such a small area, and the players themselves, there is the potential for a significant increase in wireless activity over what we would normally see in this area," said Margaret Salemi, network director of system performance for Verizon Wireless in the New England Region. "The deployment of the COW will provide the additional capacity needed to provide the level of quality service our customers expect from us."
The Verizon Wireless COW has been used during racing events at the New Hampshire International Speedway and whenever Verizon Wireless has to rebuild or upgrade an existing cell site. Verizon Wireless utilized similar mobile cell sites at last year's Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, at the Republican Convention in Philadelphia, and at ground zero in New York in the aftermath of September 11th.
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