Football fans to benefit from Verizon Wireless network upgrades

Verizon Wireless deploys "small cell" technology in Auburn, Ala.

Nov 25, 2015, 14:54 ET from Verizon Wireless

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Nov. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, a technology leader with the nation's largest and most reliable 4G LTE network, has enhanced its network in Auburn, Ala. with new "small cell" technology in anticipation of the burgeoning wireless data traffic generated by the thousands of football fans arriving on the Auburn campus for Saturday's big game who want to share messages, photos and videos using their wireless devices. During the 2014 rivalry game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the Verizon Wireless network processed more than 794 Gigabytes of data.

"Small cells are an integral part of Verizon's commitment to the customer experience to stay ahead of the growing demand for mobile data by boosting capacity," said Gordon Cook, director, Network Engineering and Operations at Verizon Wireless. "This technology adds 4G LTE capacity in important high-traffic areas so that our customers can share this exciting rivalry game, especially on social media."

Verizon has installed three small cells along South Donahue Dr. and Woodfield Dr. to expand the capacity of existing Verizon cells sites near campus to enhance tailgating, RV parking, as well as other game day activities. These small cells are connected to Verizon's network using fiber provided by Auburn University. In 2014, the company also completed a significant Distributed Antenna System (DAS) upgrade and activated new 4G XLTE technology at Auburn University's Jordan-Hare Stadium. These investments support large crowds and ensure that football fans get the best experiences from their wireless devices on Verizon's network.

"The additional capacity we are deploying will ensure that fans can count on their Verizon mobile devices to share emails, texts, pictures and videos of the game as well as tailgating fun with friends and family," said Cook.

Over the course of 2014, the company invested more than $129 million in network enhancements across Alabama. Its total network investment in the state now totals more than $1.1 billion since the company was formed in 2000.

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