Verizon Wireless Selects Tower Cloud to Connect New Small Cell Deployment at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park

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Partnership with Georgia’s Wireless Leader Marks the Next Step in Tower Cloud’s Expanding Role as Leading Southeast Cell Site Backhaul Provider

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At CTIA 4G World, Tower Cloud, Inc., wireless infrastructure specialists providing backhaul transport services across the southeastern United States, announced completion of a project to connect Verizon Wireless’s new small cell deployment in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park to the Verizon 4G LTE network over fiber.

For the Centennial Olympic Park deployment Verizon installed 22 small cell nodes covering the 22 acre park to boost its network capacity in the area during large scale public events. The small cell nodes are capable of handling more than 5,500 simultaneous users. The signals from the nodes are aggregated and connected via fiber to the Tower Cloud fiber backhaul. The small cell deployment can deliver 80 Mbit/sec of throughput at any given moment, and its dual-frequency design increases service reliability as well as capacity. The speed and integrity of the signal is maintained from the nodes directly to wireless carrier over Tower Cloud’s fiber infrastructure.

The small cell infrastructure in Centennial Olympic Park was installed to support large crowds during the many special events such as concerts, charity walks and races, and large-scale festivals. By connecting the small cell nodes using fiber Verizon Wireless’s customers can now experience more reliable access services such as the web, social media, texting, uploading photos, and even streaming videos.

“We consistently win over our competitors for the reliability of our network and we are fiercely committed to maintaining our network leader position. We knew we needed to boost capacity around Centennial Olympic Park so that consumers could utilize our network more effectively during large events. Tower Cloud was the logical candidate to provide the broadband fiber to connect the Park’s new small cell system,” said Lynn Carlson, executive director - Network for Verizon Wireless in Georgia and Alabama.

“The Centennial Olympic Park project is an ideal showcase for new small cell fiber link and backhaul support,” said Ron Mudry, CEO of Tower Cloud. “Small cell is becoming a popular approach to expand wireless coverage in dense metro locations, such as high traffic business parks, transportation centers and large public parks, and while carriers like Verizon can handle the street furniture and power, they still need fiber to connect the small cell deployment to their network. This project demonstrates how our fiber capacity can give wireless carriers a leg up with small cell installations.”

Having built its reputation in broadband transport services and “last mile” support, linking small cell to their fiber network backbone marks the next phase of Tower Cloud’s penetration into the wireless infrastructure market. The small cell market is still in its infancy and there have been only a few installations to date, but Infonetics Research predicts that the small cell market will reach $2.7 billion in sales by 2017, and Tower Cloud executives predict the market will grow five to 10 times within the next five years. This puts Tower Cloud in a unique position to take advantage of small cell market growth as one of the few providers to be able to offer high-quality carriers connections over the company’s fiber backhaul network.

About Tower Cloud:
Tower Cloud, Inc. is a leading provider of broadband transport services in the southeastern United States. Carriers and enterprises with high capacity demands select Tower Cloud and its Generation Independent Networks™ when they need the highest quality network services, combined with guaranteed flexibility and customer support to achieve their immediate and evolving growth initiatives.

Tower Cloud’s unique approach to wireless infrastructure development provides customers with the experience of limitless capacity; effortlessly meeting the demands “always on devices” pose to communication platforms. Tower Cloud operates networks throughout Georgia, Florida, Alabama and South Carolina, serving major metro and rural markets with equal attention to speed and scalability. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, the company was founded in 2006 and has been twice named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies, and to their list of the top 20 fastest growing telecommunications companies in 2013 and 2014. For more information, visit http://www.towercloud.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network. As the largest wireless company in the U.S., Verizon Wireless serves 104.6 million retail customers, including 98.6 million retail postpaid customers. Verizon Wireless is wholly owned by Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com. For the latest news and updates about Verizon Wireless, visit our News Center at http://www.verizonwireless.com/news or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VZWNews.

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