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Verizon Wireless to Provide 3G Wireless Services for Race Fans in Daytona

February 10, 2010

Verizon Wireless has announced its providing voice and 3G data network to fans at "The Great American Race," taking place at in Daytona Beach and across Florida.

According to officials with Verizon (News - Alert), they are introducing two high-tech Cells On Wheels “COWs” outside Daytona International Speedway – each with a 75-foot telescoping antenna, eight dedicated voice channels and three high-speed data channels to cover the overall race area.
These units will strengthen the Verizon Wireless network in Daytona Beach and across Florida, enabling users more then 200,000 fans to use calls, text messages, picture and video messages, Internet connections and other wireless traffic during the race.
"Our network teams are old pros at handling these big events here in Florida," said Frank Wise, executive network director for the Verizon Wireless Florida region. "It's just part of our mission to always have the strongest wireless network and services for visiting fans, journalists and local residents."

In addition, Verizon installed in-building systems to improve service in a variety of hotels and other destinations hosting events related to the big race, and has activated and upgraded numerous cell sites around Daytona Beach in past months to reliably handle increased network demand.

Verizon Wireless is continuing its effort to enhance it network reach by investing more then $6.5 billion in wireless voice and data coverage of its national network. It has also added new 3G services such as Mobile Broadband and V CAST. 

Also, the company has announced planstointroduce a 4G LTE (News - Alert) wireless network to increase higher wireless speeds and reliability over even today's most advanced 3G network in 25 to 30 markets nationally.  

Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi