DALLAS, TX — The Verizon Wireless network is ready for the tens of thousands of basketball fans heading to Dallas this weekend. Network technicians – who serve as the inspiration for the iconic Verizon Wireless Test Man ad campaign – have been preparing for weeks to ensure peak performance for Dallas residents and fans during the festivities around the big basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 14.
In anticipation of a spike in voice and data usage in and around downtown Dallas and surrounding areas, Verizon Wireless network teams have enhanced coverage and increased capacity around the stadium, several Dallas hotels and the Dallas Convention Center.
The company already has a system in place at the site of the big game in Arlington, Texas, with a recently commissioned, state-of-the-art distributed antenna system to support the large crowds. This system strengthens the already robust Verizon Wireless network in and around the stadium for the spike in calls, text messages, picture and video messages, Internet connections and other wireless traffic during the sports games and other events during the week.
“Dallas hosts several large events throughout the year, and we want to keep those fans connected,” said region president Frank Antonacci. “We make significant investments to ensure the Verizon Wireless network will remain superior for visiting fans and local wireless customers.”
Verizon Wireless has continued to ramp up its network around Texas, investing more than $268 million statewide in 2009. The company activated several new cell sites in the Dallas area over the last year, including a cell site that improves digital voice and broadband data services in the popular uptown area.
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