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Mobile cell towers arriving to increase network performance during St. Patrick's Day festivities

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Cell service is a priority for providers as we head into the St. Patrick’s Day Festival weekend.

So, like in years past, you'll see the mobile and more permanent towers popping up around the more frequently visited areas to make sure your signal isn't lost.

The COW's, or cell on wheels, have been put up at strategic locations to make sure, no matter what network you have, that your phone signal will remain strong, despite an increase in cell traffic this week. From the Historic District to the Riverfront, these towers are popping up to ensure your calls don't get dropped.

A Verizon spokeswoman tells WTOC their engineers have tested and monitored its network with portable equipment to ensure attendees of the festival and parade enjoy the full power of the Verizon Wireless network.

Verizon says year to year, the data usage and minutes people spend talking on their phones increases by 100 percent. And to help with this year’s Saint Patrick's Day festivities, the company has installed mini-cell sites in 26 light fixtures, in addition to the mobile towers.

Those mini cell boxes blend right in with the Historic District’s architecture, so you likely won't even know they're there.

Because of all these tweaks to the network, Verizon says you'll be able to send photos, download videos, surf the Internet and use other popular applications on their smartphones, tablets and other devices during times of peak usage.

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