Verizon Wireless: New Droid won't eat up capacity

Verizon Wireless is making a massive push with the Motorola Droid smartphone and is expecting a surge in device sales and new traffic from unlimited data subscriptions, but the operator said it is ready for the data surge.

"We're encouraging it," Arvin Singh, Verizon Wireless director of data sales for the Illinois-Wisconsin region, told Telephony. "We're anticipating the Droid will be a blockbuster, but we're not adding any new backhaul or new EV-DO carriers for the launch. We're not anticipating the network will take a hit on this."

While AT&T is struggling with capacity bottlenecks caused by the popularity of the iPhone, Verizon said it has designed its EV-DO Rev. A network to handle the expected surge in data traffic. In most Verizon markets, EV-DO is operating on three sectors per cell site while many congested areas have multiple EV-DO carriers.

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