MIAMI, FL — Indianapolis was not the only group of COLTs to post super numbers at professional football's championship game in Miami this past weekend. Two Cells on Light Trucks from Verizon Wireless received a "game ball" from the company's network team for their performance before, during and after Sunday's big event.
The brand new COLTs, the most powerful and technologically advanced mobile cell sites ever deployed by Verizon Wireless in Florida, combined with several permanent sites nearby to complete nearly 90,000 connections per hour during peak network activity. That represents a tenfold spike in wireless calls, text messages, picture and video messages, Internet connections and other wireless traffic on cell sites serving the area near Dolphins Stadium, compared to a typical Sunday during those hours.
Verizon Wireless network sites serving Miami's South Beach host to most parties and game-related activities during the week and on Sunday also got quite a workout before and after the game. Those sites processed nearly three times as many calls and data connections as is normal in the days leading up to, and including, Sunday's game.
Across the state at the height of game-related activities, Verizon Wireless completed millions of successful connections per hour on its Florida digital network.
"Our network team has been to 'the big game' before, so we know what it takes to win the network performance battle," said Pamela Tope, Florida region president of Verizon Wireless. "These technologies are part of our game plan to maintain the strongest and most reliable wireless coverage throughout the year for customers here in Florida, and across the country."
The COLTs had been rolled into position near Dolphins Stadium earlier in the week to boost wireless coverage for tens of thousands of football fans, game sponsors, news media, and residents. Each COLT features a 75-foot telescoping antenna, nine dedicated voice channels and two high-speed data channels, which can handle hundreds of phone calls and data transmissions simultaneously.
Verizon Wireless invested $205 million in 2006 in Florida to enhance services and coverage to customers throughout the state. The company's network investment now totals about $1.5 billion in Florida and more than $35 billion nationally over the past seven years.
Efforts in Florida in 2006 featured the addition of more than 90 new wireless transmission sites, as well as the launch of the high-speed wireless data network in numerous new markets in the state. With these launches, nearly 90 percent of Florida's population has access to the most advanced wireless broadband services such as BroadbandAccess and V CAST.
BroadbandAccess allows customers to connect wirelessly to the Internet, download e-mail and applications, and log into their corporate servers via their laptop at broadband speeds. The technology provides mobile workers full access, productivity and security, just as if they were at their desks and attached via a high-speed wired connection, but with the freedom of true mobility.
The Verizon Wireless V CAST service gives customers access to short video content, downloadable music, and cutting-edge 3D games on their mobile phones. With V CAST, customers can get short video content on-demand, including current news, weather, sports and entertainment programming. And music lovers with a V CAST Music-enabled phone are able to download and play their favorite songs all while on-the-go.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 59 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 65,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at 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.