Verizon Wireless upgrades network for DNC

Verizon Wireless upgrades network for DNC

Verizon Wireless upgrades network for DNC

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 17 at 1:27 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Verizon Wireless announced it is upgrading its network strength in Charlotte before the Democratic National Convention this September.

The company said it is working to enhance the wireless networks to be able to manage heavy traffic.

"The network enhancements will mean Charlotte residents will have better wireless network coverage and reliability in places including the Time Warner Arena, Bank of America Stadium, and NASCAR Hall of Fame, for years to come," the company said in a statement.

Changes included repositioning antennas, increasing capacity and ensuring all towers are working at their highest level.  The company said it installed several smaller antennas around uptown and will be adding several mobile cell towers during the DNC where heavy traffic is expected.

"The cell sites will extend boosted coverage for wireless calls; text, picture and video messages; downloading and accessing apps; Internet connections; and other wireless traffic," the company added.

Verizon said it has worked with roughly 75 hotels in Charlotte to add signal strength as well and has been making similar upgrades in Tampa Bay before the Republican National Convention.

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