Verizon’s 4G LTE Network has been down 3(three) times this month (December 2011). However they estimated that it was up for 99% of the time this year. Verizon was the first to launch a 4G LTE Network and as they put it “Being a pioneer comes with growing pains“. Which is true, but if you don’t get it the first time you try and try again. The issues that have been affecting there customers were unforeseen. Normally they move there affected 4G LTE customers to their 3G Network, so they would still have a data connection. However in the most recent outage on the 28th, it took them longer to move them to 3G than they had expected. This caused some people to be without any data connection what so ever. All of the incidents have been different from a technical standpoint. Verizon’s engineers were able to fix the issues and these issues have not arose again. They also work to fix the problems before they affect the customers. They end with “We will not rest until our 4GLTE network performs at the very highest levels that our customers have come to expect from us“. I have a feeling that Verizon will reach this goal, in the meantime they have to keep improving the network and make sure outages don’t occur to often.
Statement From Verizon Wireless on 4GLTE Network
In light of recent events, Verizon Wireless shared the following statement about its 4GLTE Network:
The Verizon Wireless 4GLTE Network is BY FAR the largest and the most advanced 4GLTE wireless network in the world. It is available in 190 US markets and covers more than 200 million people, providing the fastest 4G Network in the US.
Being a pioneer comes with growing pains. The recent issues that affected our customers’ 4GLTE service were unforeseen despite careful, diligent planning, deployment and ongoing upgrade programs.
Problems customers experienced affected connectivity to the 4GLTE Network and data service. Several times, we have proactively “moved” 4GLTE customers onto our 3G Network to ensure all would have a data connection. For brief periods, such as on Wednesday (12/28), 4GLTE customers could not connect to the 3G Network as quickly as we would have liked.
Nonetheless, we estimate that 4GLTE connectivity has been available approximately 99 percent of the time this year.
Why have these issues occurred with our 4GLTE Network? Each incident has been different from a technical standpoint. Our engineers have successfully diagnosed those past triggering events, and they have not re-occurred. We also work diligently to rectify technical problems in the Network before they affect any customers.
Our 3G and 1X Networks continue to reliably process calls, texts and data for customers with 3G devices and, when necessary, 4GLTE devices. It continues to perform at the high level that established it as the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G Network.
We are taking a number of steps, working closely with our network suppliers, to ensure the integrity of our 4GLTE Network. We continue to fortify and improve its performance, and our goal is that our 4GLTE Network meets the same high standards that our 3G Network has set for performance and reliability.
Among the numerous measures we have taken or will take are: geographic segmentation, which enables us to isolate, contain and rectify network performance issues, and maintain service to the majority of customers when an issue does develop; and software fixes that we have developed, tested and applied regularly – and will continue to do so. Both will improve performance and reliability.
And finally, we are learning from these issues and applying the same gold standard to our 4GLTE Network that make our 3G Network the nation’s largest and most reliable.
Verizon Wireless is a leader and pioneer in this cutting edge technology that provides very fast wireless data speeds, enabling customers to enjoy the best experience in video and other wireless data usage. Clear unbuffered streaming video, super fast file downloads and wide availability are among the advantages we offer to customers. The capabilities of 4GLTE have exceeded many expectations.
We will not rest until our 4GLTE network performs at the very highest levels that our customers have come to expect from us.