We’ve all seen the advertisements where Verizon shows the map of their coverage compared to AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. The map is supposed to illustrate the number of towers Verizon has equipment on, proving they have the best, most-reliable coverage in the nation. This map makes T-Mobile angry. “I want to decimate that ad campaign from Verizon,” T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said to CNET in an interview Thursday. The company is taking legal action against Verizon, claiming that the campaign doesn’t accurately reflect T-Mobile’s network. Verizon’s coverage map only shows LTE capabilities of the company. Since Verizon and AT&T are almost complete with their rollouts, they have the advantage over Sprint and T-Mobile. “We prefer to compete in the marketplace, not in the courts. Our customers know what a true nationwide 4G LTE network experience feels like, map or not,” said a Verizon representative. But Ray argues that the map suggests that those few T-Mobile dots on the map represent all of the carrier’s coverage, and excludes its 2G Edge network, as well as its HSPA+ coverage, which T-Mobile considers 4G. (Source: CNET) T-Mobile has a goal to cover 250 million people by the end of the year, but Ray said he wants to push it to 280 million sometime next year.
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The cell phone tower that Verizon constructed in Port Henry, New York that was scheduled to be online last month is still inactive. A lot of people are wondering why the tower isn’t online yet. Even though the tower is completed, the fiber optic lines to the tower are not in place yet. Verizon is hoping to have this tower activated during the month of October. Once this tower is active, residents in the Port Henry area will have a choice between AT&T and Verizon, whereas before AT&T was the main carrier.
Besides improved calling and consumer options, the Verizon tower is also helping out town and village taxpayers. Verizon is paying $900 a month — $450 to the town of Moriah and $450 to the village of Port Henry — for five years to lease the jointly-owned town-village property. The rent will increase 3 percent each year of the contract. (Source: Denton Publications)
For Verizon customers in Southampton County, Virginia the option to text 911 in an emergency is now an available option if you are in close range of the Southampton County cell phone tower. Text to 911 is becoming a popular feature for those residents who are hearing or speech impaired or anyone who finds themselves in a situation where it is too dangerous to speak to the 911 operator.
“The safety of residents and visitors in Southampton County is our number-one concern,” said Southampton County Sheriff Jack Stutts said in a release. “Text to 911 could be a life-saver, especially for people who might otherwise not be able to make a voice call. I congratulate my staff members for their work in establishing this service and for setting an example for other public safety professionals.” (Source: Tide Water News)
Southampton County is the second public safety answering point in Virginia to accept Text-to-911. “Public safety is a top priority. We assist public safety organizations in their efforts to get residents the help they need in emergencies. We do this by providing enhanced location information to emergency call takers so they can more effectively route calls for emergency assistance,” Verizon explains.
Text to 911 is not available everywhere, but the major wireless carriers are hoping to expand this program in order to assist as many people as possible and increase public safety.
In an attempt to appease residents in many towns companies began proposing to disguise cell phone towers as everyday objects like trees, flag poles, crosses, or clock towers. However, this tactic doesn’t always please the members of the community. This is true of the members of Boulder Creek, California who are opposed to the 50-foot cell phone tower that Verizon has proposed to build downtown.
“They say [the tower] is going to blend into the trees. These monopines are bluish in their needle color, so when they are placed right in front of [real] trees they’re actually going stand out more because they’re going to appear a different color,” says resident Rachel Wooster. (Source: SantaCruz.com)
There will be a hearing on September 20th to determine whether or not Verizon can construct their tower in the planned site. If the County Zoning Administrator approves the tower at this meeting then residents will still be able to appeal the decision to the Planning Commissions, and then to the County Board of Supervisors who have the final say in the matter.
Verizon Wireless has activated a distributed antenna system (DAS) in Albany, New York’s Empire State Plaza. “Consistent wireless coverage has been difficult to provide throughout the Empire State Plaza due to the fact that many areas of the Plaza are located underground. The DAS system uses a network of smaller antennae positioned throughout the Plaza. In addition to voice service, the DAS system provides 4G LTE service inside the Plaza,” according to Verizon Wireless.
The DAS is a network of spatially separated antennas that connect to a common source and help provide wireless service within a specific area. In the coming weeks and months, coverage will be expanded into the health labs, the Capitol Building, the Plaza catacombs, and several other buildings in the Plaza complex.
When cell sites became inaccessible due to the flooding and washed out roadways in Colorado, Verizon Wireless worked overtime to restore cell phone service. They have placed a temporary cell site on wheels (COW) in Lyons, Colorado until the permanent cell sites can be repaired.
“Verizon crews used a helicopter to reach flood damaged facilities in Estes Park to fully restore service by Saturday evening. Microwave transmission facilities were installed to carry voice and data traffic from area cell sites to the company’s switching center, bypassing miles of damaged fiber lines,” according to Verizon’s press release.
Verizon Wireless service status by community as of Sunday morning:
- Estes Park – Equipment and crews airlifted in; full service restored
- Lyons – Temporary cell site activated; full service restoral pending
- Boulder – Two sites previously lost commercial power; full service restored
- Longmont — No cell sites out of service
- Greeley and Fort Collins – No cell sites out of service
- Thayne, WY – Full service restored
Verizon Wireless recently activated a new 4G LTE cell site in the town of Sherman, New York. Verizon has been working to expand their 4G LTE network coverage and bring this technology to new cities across the nation. This new site will enhance 4G LTE data service and 3G voice service between the towns of Sherman and Mina, and along I-86.
The Verizon 4G LTE network is now available to nearly 301 million people in more than 500 markets across the U.S., representing more than 99 percent of our 3G network. The company has activated more than 400 4G LTE sites across Upstate New York in 2013 and now has more than 1,100 4G LTE sites on the air in the region.
Like most cellular companies, Verizon is working to expand their cellular and bandwidth networks in order to keep up with demand. This is why Verizon has expanded 100G technology on its ultra-long-haul network in the U.S. and Europe, adding the technology to more than 4,800 miles of its global IP network during the first half of 2013.
This expansion includes almost 4,500 miles on the Verizon U.S. network, which will bring the number up to a total of approximately 21,400 miles. Among the new 100G routes are Seattle to Salt Lake City, Indianapolis to St. Louis, St. Louis to Memphis, Charlotte to Nashville and Cleveland to Detroit.
“Not only does Verizon have one of the largest global networks, we have one of the most robust and sophisticated networks with 100G technology deployed on multiple routes in the U.S. and Europe,” said Kyle Malady, senior vice president of global network operations and engineering. “As long as our bandwidth demand grows, we’ll continue deploying high bit-rate technology that underlies the superior experience that our business and consumer customers expect.”
The reason these companies are expanding their bandwidth network is to stay ahead of cloud services and 4G LTE mobile technology. The 100G technology provides the necessary level of performance combined with the flexibility to meet traffic type demand and enterprise customer requirements.
This week in Athens, Ohio 150 feet of wire was stolen from a Verizon Wireless Cell Tower. Verizon reported that the wires on the ground outside of the control office were also cut. The copper wire was also removed from the tower after the thief climbed the tower and unbolted it. Thankfully, cell phone service was not interrupted because of the theft. The cell site had last been visited on August 19th.