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Verizon's $50mil South Florida Switching Facility

added by Michael on 2 Feb 2009

Verizon Wireless has completed the first phase of construction for its new $50 million dollar switching facility.  In West Broward, the new facility will handle all of Verizon's traffic for South Florida, and is modeled after facilities in Orlando and Jacksonville.

Construction of the latest Verizon Wireless “super switch” is scheduled to be complete this summer, with full operation planned for later in the year.

The facility will serve as the company’s main call-processing hub for South Florida, serving an area from Key West to Broward County. It will have the capacity to handle tens of millions of voice calls and wireless data transmissions (text and picture messages, downloads, emails, wireless internet connections and more) each day.

The new MTSO will also serve as the Verizon Wireless emergency operations center in South Florida, and be home to a fleet of COWs (cell on wheels), COLTs (cell on light trucks) and GOATs (generators on trucks) for use during and after significant events like hurricanes.

The structure, designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, will be equipped with large-scale back-up power generation, further enhancing the everyday and emergency strength of the Verizon Wireless network.

The building is modeled after facilities completed in the last four years in Jacksonville and Orlando. In addition, Verizon Wireless completed a $20 million enhancement and hardening in 2008 of its switching facility in the Tampa Bay area.

“We’re right on track with this new state-of-the-art switching center to reinforce the reliability of our network here in South Florida and across the state,” said Pam Tope, Verizon Wireless Florida region president. “We have a very mobile and tech-savvy population here, to go with the many sports championships, theme parks, and other attractions and events that bring millions of visitors from all over the world. This is a big job for our network, so we make even bigger investments to make sure we stay the best in the business.”