Verizon Wireless COLT beefs up cell coverage for NASCAR Monster Weekend

In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for race fans during the NASCAR Monster Weekend races from June 1-3, Verizon Wireless will beef up its network capacity by deploying a temporary mobile cell site called a COLT (Cell on Light Truck) at Dover Downs. The COLT will enhance wireless capacity, allowing more customers to use their wireless phones concurrently to make calls, send and receive text and picture messages, and download games and ringtones. The company reports that during the big race weekend Verizon Wireless’ network will handle more than five times the normal number of wireless calls compared to a typical race weekend.

“With more than 140,000 race fans and tailgaters expected throughout the weekend, along with news media and the pit crews themselves, we anticipate a significant surge in wireless activity,” said Michele White, network executive director for Verizon Wireless’ Philadelphia Tri-State Region. “In these instances, we bring in an additional mobile cell site that works along with our existing network in the area to handle the increase in wireless calling.”

The temporary cell site, which weighs 25,000 pounds, can process thousands of calls every hour. It features two retractable masts, a microwave antenna to link network components, an emergency power generator and a small office.

The COLT is also fully equipped with resources needed during emergencies including equipment, fuel, electrical generators, food, water and cots.

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