DALLAS, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless deployed three cell on light trucks (COLTs), with both LTE and XLTE coverage, and four macro sites to support one of the largest races of the season at Fort Worth's Texas Motor Speedway – the Duck Commander 500. Network engineers tested a new 12-beam spherical antenna to enhance coverage and capacity for the more than 150,000 attendees at the race on April 10-11. Deployment of this high capacity antenna was a first for Verizon in the Central Texas region.
"Racecar fans are power users of wireless technology, especially before, during and after the race. They need to use data to look up driver statistics and highlights on their devices, or share pictures and videos," said Lee Maschmann, executive director- Network for Central Texas at Verizon Wireless. "At events such as this, we maximize capacity to support the increased weekend usage for not only the fans, but for the drivers and their teams. We want everyone to have a winning experience."
Preparation is the Key
The network team in Central Texas began planning for the Duck Commander 500 months ago. The team deployed 12 700MHz LTE, 18 Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) XLTE, nine Voice and nine Evolution-Data Optimized (3G) sectors to enhance network performance and increase capacity. The event attendees uses up to 3.62 terabytes of data, and processed over 16 million successful data connections at the race during April 10 – 11.
Verizon has made significant upgrades around the Speedway in the past to prepare for substantial increases in voice and data activity expected at weekend events. These enhancements mean that more racecar fans, media and local residents can enjoy high-speed 4G LTE data on their mobile devices without disruptions. In 2014 alone, Verizon activated its XLTE technology in 16 markets across Central Texas, boosting network capacity and speeds for customers.
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