Sunday, March 28, 2010

VZ Activates Fifth Hurricane-Ready Super Switch in Florida

Verizon Wireless has activated its fifth hurricane-ready super switch in Florida. These Mobile Telephone Switching Offices (MTSOs) -- the latest began serving southern Florida, including the Florida Keys, Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas just this month -- will further strengthen wireless coverage and advanced services for Verizon Wireless customers throughout the state year-round and during hurricanes and other emergencies.

A $50 million, 45,000-square-foot facility is home to the company's newest super switch, which connects tens of millions of voice calls and wireless data transmissions each day. Verizon Wireless said its super switch are designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. In addition to hardened shells, they feature large-scale, on-site power generation; redundant operations and technologies; and other back-up systems to ensure the Verizon Wireless network remains strong, running and reliable. The switches also serve as Emergency Operations Centers for Verizon Wireless engineers and technicians working to ensure continued wireless network operation in the event of a hurricane or other crisis.

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