COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless has installed a temporary cell site -- called a COLT, or Cell On Light Truck -- near The Ohio State University's Ohio Stadium to provide additional network capacity just in time for football season. The site will increase capacity in the southern portion of the stadium and the area immediately outside the stadium.
A COLT is a fully functional, mobile cell site that enhances wireless capacity in a given area, thereby enabling customers attending home football games in the area to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls; send and receive email and text, picture and video messages; access the Internet; view high-quality videos and download music, games and ringtones, while enjoying clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.
"Ensuring our customers can count on their wireless devices for communication, news and more at major events is part of our ongoing commitment to network reliability," said Mark Frazier - president, Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Region, Verizon Wireless. "We look at how our customers' usage patterns are changing at events like these and utilize this information to make sure we stay well ahead of their demand."
In addition to enhancing its 3G network, Verizon Wireless has deployed its 4G LTE Network in 117 metropolitan areas coast to coast, including Columbus, covering more than half of all Americans. During 2011, the company will continue to expand its 4G footprint, bringing its 4G LTE network to more than 185 million Americans by year-end. Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE wireless network is the fastest and most advanced 4G network in America and offers speeds up to 10 times faster than the current 3G network.
The company's ongoing network investment in Ohio now totals nearly $2 billion. Nationally, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $65 billion since it was formed -- $6 billion on average every year -- to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services.
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