Sunday, February 21, 2010

Verizon Wireless Builds "Super Switch" for South Florida

Verizon Wireless has completed construction of a $50 million "super switch" facility capable of handling tens of millions of voice calls and wireless data transmissions each day.

The 45,000-square-foot Mobile Telephone Switching Office (MTSO) will serve as the company's main call-processing hub for South Florida, serving an area from Key West and continuing through all of Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The MTSO is located on five acres in west Broward County. It is designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane or other major disaster.

"Our network teams have been working extremely long and hard on this giant jewel of wireless network technology," said Frank Wise, Florida executive network director. "This is a big moment for our technicians and a great moment for wireless customers in South Florida."

With construction complete, technicians are currently conducting final tests for the network "cutover" of these wireless transmissions. The cutover - in which wireless traffic will be transferred to the new switch from existing Verizon Wireless facilities - is scheduled for early March.


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