Verizon Wireless Enhances 3G Wireless Network at Citizens Bank Park

Mobile Cell Site (COLT) also activated to handle increased network usage during "Red October"

-- Improves coverage and capacity in and around stadium

-- Provides more users reliable access to 3G wireless broadband service

-- Part of $1.5 billion investment in region since 2000

Oct 15, 2010, 15:04 ET from Verizon Wireless

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless announced today that it has completed additional enhancements to  its 3G wireless network – part of company's commitment to ensuring customers have access to reliable wireless service – at Citizens Bank Park and the surrounding area to handle the expected surge in wireless and data usage as the Phillies compete in the major league baseball playoffs.

In addition to adding a permanent cell site near the ballpark,  the company has beefed up network capacity by deploying a temporary mobile cell site known as a COLT (Cell on Light Truck), which will operate throughout the remainder of the post-season. The COLT is a fully functional, generator-powered mobile cell site that enhances wireless capacity, allowing more customers to use their wireless phones to make calls, surf the Internet, update social networking sites, send and receive text and pictures messages, and download apps, music, and games. The enhancements will improve performance at the stadium and in the immediate vicinity, covering areas:

  • North of Citizens Bank Bark to Packer Avenue
  • South of Citizens Bank Park to Pattison Avenue
  • East of Citizens Bank Park to about 5th Street
  • West onto Ashburn Alley (Phillies Drive) to 10th Street

Consumer Advantages

  • New cell site provides increased wireless voice and 3G data coverage at Packer Avenue in the immediate vicinity of Citizens Bank Park.
  • Expanded 3G data coverage in the immediate vicinity of Citizens Bank Park and the implementation of a temporary COLT, will allow more customers and Phillies fans using notebook computers or smartphones:
    • Download and use cool apps, from mobile social networking platforms to GPS-enabled maps
    • Rapidly browse the web to keep up with news, sports, stock quotes, Hollywood gossip and more
    • Work on-the-go with fast file sharing
    • Quickly download and play music favorites from Top 40 to Classical
    • Send e-mails to friends, family and co-workers with picture and video attachments
    • Download and play vivid 3D games
    • Stream must-see video and customized radio stations

View from Verizon Wireless

"We've always believed even the most advanced cell phone is only as good as the network it runs on," said Mario Turco, president of Verizon Wireless' Philadelphia Tri-State Region. "Our 3G high-speed Mobile Broadband network is the largest and most reliable in the United States, and we are on track to be the first wireless company on the globe to launch a sizeable 4G LTE footprint, covering 100 million people by the end of 2010."

Harnessing the Capabilities of a Robust 3G Network

Verizon Wireless' 3G network powers many leading mobile multimedia services, including:

  • Mobile Broadband Internet Access: Notebook computer users can access e-mail, download files and browse the Internet at broadband speed, downloading a one megabyte e-mail attachment – the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file – in about eight seconds and uploading it in less than 13 seconds.
  • V CAST Video: V CAST multimedia services offer customers the ability to play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their phones, as well as to watch dozens of on-demand videos, including breaking news, weather, sports highlights and the hottest entertainment clips.

Sustained Wireless Investment

The company has invested more than $60 billion$5.7 billion on average every year – since its inception to increase the wireless voice and data coverage of its national network and to add new 3G services like Mobile Broadband and V CAST. As the carrier with America's largest and most reliable wireless network, Verizon Wireless cell sites in the Philadelphia Tri-State Region provide 3G wireless data connectivity. The company's ongoing network investment in the region now totals more than $1.5 billion.

Engineering America's Most Reliable Wireless Network

The company's 'America's most reliable wireless network' reputation is based on network studies performed by real-life test men and test women throughout the country. By traversing more than one million miles annually on Interstate, U.S. and state highways, as well as major roads and surface streets in high-population areas – the equivalent of two roundtrips to the moon or 40 trips around the world – the test men and women confirm that voice calls and data connections are successful on the first attempt and stay connected. Vehicles are equipped with computers that automatically make more than 3.5 million voice call attempts and more than 19 million data tests annually on Verizon Wireless' network and the networks of other carriers.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, Nasdaq: VOD).  For more information, visit 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.

SOURCE Verizon Wireless



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