As Santa Claus makes final preparations in the North Pole for his worldwide sleigh ride, Verizon’s holiday tech team is poised to track his whereabouts on December 24. Partnering with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) for the 21st consecutive year, Verizon will provide support for a toll-free hotline that children can use to track Santa’s Christmas Eve journey.
Pinpointing Santa’s exact location and charting his supersonic reindeer is no easy feat. Verizon is bringing the strength of its network to support NORAD’s holiday operations, so that the hotline can stay up and running without interruption on Christmas Eve.
Verizon will tap its C-band spectrum, which it says significantly expands the availability of higher-performing 5G connectivity, to provide NORAD’s commercial network with redundant WiFi to ensure reliable coverage. Verizon is also supplying NORAD with equipment to bolster its efforts, including Cradlepoint routers, WiFi jetpacks, a Low-Earth Orbit solution, and Verizon Frontline mobile assets for onsite support.