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Verizon Announces Florida’s First 4G LTE “C.O.W.”

Florida residents will start seeing a healthier 4G signal at major sporting/entertainment events or in denser LTE market areas starting now. Verizon is beefing up their network with the unveiling of the area’s first 4G LTE C.O.W. (Cell On Wheels) mobile tower. These machines pack a serious punch and weigh in at about 24,000 pounds while flaunting a telescoping antenna tower.

The newborn C.O.W. will be deployed to targeted locations across the state when demand for wireless coverage and services spikes, including championship sports events, tourist destinations or large festivals.  It also will be available to reinforce the most advanced 4G LTE wireless services for emergency responders and to the public in areas hit hard by a hurricane or other crisis.

The mobile unit is designed to handle hundreds of simultaneous voice calls and 4G LTE data transmissions such as photo and video messages, music and app downloads, internet surfing and more.

This thing looks like a ton of fun. If only I could fit one in my driveway. 


Delivery Boosts High-Speed Coverage, Reliability for Businesses and Residents

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — Verizon Wireless proudly announced today the delivery of the company’s first 4G LTE C.O.W. (Fourth Generation Long-term Evolution Cell On Wheels) in Florida to bring the joy of reinforced high-speed wireless capabilities to its customers.

Delivered at the Verizon Wireless “super-switch” facility in Pembroke Pines, the new 4G LTE C.O.W. weighs in at a healthy 24,000 pounds and measures 1,080 inches, including its telescoping antenna tower.

The newborn C.O.W. will be deployed to targeted locations across the state when demand for wireless coverage and services spikes, including championship sports events, tourist destinations or large festivals.  It also will be available to reinforce the most advanced 4G LTE wireless services for emergency responders and to the public in areas hit hard by a hurricane or other crisis.

The mobile unit is designed to handle hundreds of simultaneous voice calls and 4G LTE data transmissions such as photo and video messages, music and app downloads, internet surfing and more.

“With so many 4G LTE markets here in Florida, and with the frequent special events we have here, it’s natural that we deliver the first 4G LTE C.O.W.,” said Frank Wise, executive network director for Verizon Wireless.  “We’re very proud of this new baby, and glowing about our 4G LTE services around the state.”

Verizon Wireless already has launched 4G LTE high-speed services in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tampa Bay, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Sarasota-Bradenton, Daytona Beach and Lakeland.  Fort Myers will initiate the service later this month, and Verizon Wireless plans to upgrade 100 percent of its wireless network to 4G LTE by the end of 2013.

This 4G LTE network provides customers with wireless data speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network. These speeds allow for smooth mobile video-conferencing, multiple video streams, faster transfer of large files, downloading and running powerful programs, machine-to-machine communications, and other applications to improve efficiency and productivity wirelessly.

As the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy a large-scale 4G LTE network, Verizon Wireless is committed to building its 4G LTE network with the same performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized. Already, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE has won numerous technology and consumer choice awards.

The company’s consistent focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year. The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G LTE, including a contiguous, nationwide network license and improved in-building penetration.

The new 4G LTE C.O.W., with siblings soon to come, is designed to further enhance the strength and reliability of this Verizon Wireless network.

For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE. 

(Editor’s Note: Media representatives who wish to view the new 4G LTE C.O.W., or to tour a network facility such as the Pembroke Pines super-switch, should contact Chuck Hamby at 813-615-4803 or chuck.hamby@verizonwireless.com.)

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visitwww.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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  • Anonymous

    I saw that Sprint/Nextel had set up a few of these around the tailgating areas at the football game I went to two weeks ago.  I managed to stream WatchESPN while in the stands but I’m not sure if VZW had any C.O.W.s there or not.

    I have to say the commercials are right, the only time it’s appropriate to watch football on a 4.3″ screen (as opposed to a 42″ HDTV) is when you’re waiting through an injury timeout in the stands :-)

  • LionStone

    Really? C.O.W.? Cows are slow…why not C.A.T. – Cell Antennae Transport…Cats are fast, you know, kinda like 4G!

  • Anonymous

    i work next to alcatel and every day i see them testing a 4g lte COW, however it all fits in an H2 Hummer

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  • http://twitter.com/ljbaumer99 Lucas Greenbaum

    What if they have a car accident…? That would not be pleasant :- 

  • Cmorty72

    So… what happens when this turns into a “MAD” C.O.W.??

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angel-Luis-Gonzalez-III/591224353 Angel Luis Gonzalez III

    you know we all around radiation 24/7, if you really worry about radiation get rid of your cell phone, get rid of the computer your on right now, get rid of the microwave, get rid of the television and everything that is man made and go back to the stone ages and be miserable :)

  • http://www.DavidPat.com David Pat

    I remember that Google used to want to blanket cities with wifi signals. 

    I welcome any technology that gives us more bandwidth and hope smaller LOCAL carriers use this tech. 

  • droidlvr

    why do they have to call it cow?

    • PSU_DI

      Cell On Wheels

  • Peter Kelly

    I keep thinking this came from the Onion.

  • Rizzidy

    “Flaunting?”  Really?  I’m really getting sick of this guy misusing words all the time.

  • Sussex11

    Anyone else noticed the cingular truck?

  • Kixofmyg0t

    Jesus…u try and post some good news(like how this can be used in times of crisis) and all people do is bitch.

    Cancer this, omfg i pay so much that…..you people will find a reason to bitch about EVERYTHING huh?

    • Murphy

      You mad bro?

      • Kixofmyg0t

        Well its like everyone who comments and bitches about anything and everything didnt get hugged enough as a child.

        Which most of you still are.

    • Mr.joe

      Agreed.  DL is full of people who complain too much.  

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  • Guest

    And this is why I pay over a $100 for my monthly cell phone bill…this is ridiculous!

  • Anonymous

    my best friend’s mom makes $78 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7587 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here HardRich.com

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      Your best friends mom makes $100 an hour and it aint on the computer……

    • Blood

      She be sucking my dick!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe you could rent one kellex?

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

    Hundreds? That’s it? So at a 65,000 seat football game with half the people on Verizon, there will be a 2.8% increase in 4G performance?

    • PSU_DI

      I dunno…..Last year VZW had a COW up here in Happy Valley (106,500 seats) all of football season to improve 3G coverage here and I was actually able to send txt messages and make calls at the game, which is pretty good considering that in the previous two years I would only have a 25% chance that my message would actually send. Overall I have to say the COWs do a pretty good job off-loading some of the network traffic from the Local towers.  
      Side Note: This year the coverage at the games has been even better.  I’m not sure if its because there are so few people on LTE up here or if VZW increased capacity. 

  • Anonymous

    Have fun going through an underpass…

  • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

    i live in Pines!! yes! is it already functioning?

  • Anonymous

    Saweet! I’m in Orlando, Florida. This is an awesome thing to see coming here! I’ve been holding out on the 4G LTE upgrade until I find my perfect 4G Droid. For now I’m still sportin’ the OG Droid. :)

  • Hamholla

    lets go C.O.W tipping! 

  • pezjono

    Newborn C.O.W.? Is that supposed to be a pun or is this irony I smell?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      I thought I hit the nail on the head with “Verizon is ‘beefing’ up their network. 😛

      • EC8CH

        bada bom ching!

      • Anonymous

        This little old lady was classic

        “WHERE”S THE BEEF”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug75diEyiA0

  • Jstew182

    When is this picture from? Why is there a Cingular Wireless truck parked next to it? Will this be the name of the new AT&T/T-mobile company?

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      Definitely an old pic. Couldn’t find a good one of the newer trucks. :)

      • Jstew182

        Haha. I figured so. 

  • shnyda

    Just in time for Monday night Football

  • Anonymous

    “The mobile unit is designed to handle hundreds of simultaneous voice calls and 4G LTE data transmissions” 
    Really just Hundreds… Helping Hundreds at the cost of millions? expand permanent coverage and make millions happy

  • Anonymous

    whatever poor bastard they sucker into driving and manning this thing, will be having some FUNKY looking 2 headed 3 armed babies in a few years!!
    they should’ve named it ROW (Radiation on Wheels) instead!!

    • Droids

      No more radiation than any other cell tower and they’re all over the place. Besides, what’s so bad about 2 heads and three arms, be kinda handy… just couldn’t wear big hats and you’d always have to buy 2 pairs of gloves at a time. 2 heads are better than one and all that…

      • guest

        double bj

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001458670467 Tyler Cameron

        When you’re under a cellsite, the antennas are facing AWAY from you, therefore, no excessive exposure…

  • anthony

    i think sprint has these mobile trucks too!

  • Scott Willenborg

    As soon as we can rent these trucks from U-Haul I am getting one and parking it at my work so I can get out of roam.  Then my battery in my Droid X should last more than 7 minutes.

  • Lmrojas

    Cancer on wheels. I feel bad for the drivers.

  • Mr.joe

    I LOVE Cows.  They’re so freaking cool.  Going Moo and what not.  LTE + Cows = AWESOME ^__^


    can i get some 4g in parkland…i get right when i enter coral springs but 3g at school sucks…come on vz…

    • http://www.facebook.com/serio Austin Serio

      You live in Florida, don’t complain.

  • Mctypething

    This should help global warming.

  • Anonymous

    Just in time for the Rays games.

  • Anonymous

    Instead of investing in these trucks, I would rather see expanded permanent coverage. 

    • http://twitter.com/danyay Dan

      Expanded permanent coverage is contingent on backhaul upgrades to the cell sites. Verizon can only move so fast on that.

      This is a totally different animal and it’s not like a company can’t do both simultaneously.

  • Anonymous