"This year, we've already seen extreme rainfall and heavy flooding in many cities throughout the southern part of the U.S. and that's a strong reminder that a disaster can occur anytime," said Sergei Mislevy, executive director of network, South East Market, for Verizon Wireless. "Having a family emergency communication plan as part of your hurricane season preparation is a smart idea, especially here in North Carolina."
To ensure reliable wireless coverage for customers across the state Verizon has completed extensive storm season preparation as part of its ongoing network enhancements. Since 2000, the company has invested about $111 billion to reinforce coverage, capacity and services, including activating XLTE on sites throughout the nation. XLTE is Verizon's latest high-speed network technology that is especially effective in high-demand locations – such as an area threatened or hit by a storm – where residents are relying on wireless devices to stay in touch.
Anchoring Verizon's network coverage in North Carolina are the company's network switching centers. These facilities are designed to withstand Category 5 hurricanes and can serve as Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) for Verizon and first-responders. These facilities – handling tens of millions of wireless connections even on a crisis-free day -- feature hardened shells, large-scale on-site power generation and other back-up systems to ensure the company's network remains strong, running and reliable.
Based at the super-switches are fleets of Cells On Wheels (COWs), Cells On Light Trucks (COLTs), Cellular Repeaters On Wheels (CROWs) and Generators On A Trailer (GOATs) that can be deployed quickly to hard-hit locations or areas needing extra wireless capacity.
Verizon also has installed back-up generators at more than 91 percent of cell sites in North Carolina to maintain wireless communication even in the event of a prolonged power outage. In conjunction with the generators, Verizon has pre-arranged fuel delivery in case of a storm, and will have tankers poised and in position to quickly respond.
"Reliable wireless service is critical in emergency communications," Mislevy said. "And we take preparation very seriously."
For more details on the Verizon Wireless network, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) employs a diverse workforce of 177,700 and generated nearly $132 billion in 2015 revenues. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide. Headquartered in New York, the company also provides communications and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.
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