Verizon: Cell traffic through the roof at DNC

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Verizon Wireless reports cell phone traffic increased by almost 10 million calls and transmissions on its network around the Democratic National Convention in Denver last week. The phone company bolstered capacity near the Pepsi Center with three additional cell towers and even put a mobile “Cell on Wheels” on the streets.

Cell traffic skyrocketed the last night of the convention, the AP reports:

… when Barack Obama accepted his party’s presidential nomination at Invesco Field at Mile High, customers completed nearly 200,000 voice, messaging and data connections per hour. Verizon Wireless says that’s a 16-fold increase in wireless calls, text messages, picture and video messages, Internet connections and other wireless traffic on cell sites serving the area from a typical weeknight.

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