Verizon Wireless ‘COW’ Offers Enhanced 3G Coverage, Capacity for Penn State Football Fans
STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless has installed a temporary cell site–called a COW, or Cell On Wheels–near Penn State University’s Beaver Stadium to provide additional 3G network coverage and calling capacity just in time for football season. The site will enhance coverage in the north and east area outside Beaver Stadium including the RV parking lot.
This service enhancement means more customers attending home football games can 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.”
The COW is a fully functional, generator-powered cell site, which has the same call capacity as a freestanding cell site. This network improvement is part of Verizon Wireless’ continual effort to expand coverage, improve capacity and enhance the quality of its wireless voice and data network in Pennsylvania and throughout the country.
In addition to enhancing its 3G network, Verizon Wireless has deployed its 4G LTE Network in 117 metropolitan areas coast to coast, including State College, 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 Pennsylvania now totals nearly $1.8 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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