CHARLESTON, WV — Each year, Verizon Wireless test men and women drive more than one million miles to monitor the company’s and competitors’ networks from coast to coast. Now, these test men and women have a new mission: to test and monitor the company’s 4G LTE network reliability, as well as the high-speed data networks of competitors that use LTE and other technologies.
Verizon Wireless debuted the world’s first large-scale 4G LTE network in a portion of downtown Charleston in December 2010, and completed the installation throughout Charleston in June 2011. The company has recently enhanced its fleet of test vehicles, including vehicles used to test the Greater Charleston network, with 4G testing and monitoring equipment to encompass all of the major operating networks in the United States today.
The data collected by local test men through mobile tests of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will be used to measure network performance, benchmark with competitors’, and assist the company’s network engineers who are responsible for improvements and expansions of the Verizon Wireless network.
“We have introduced our 4G LTE network with the same commitment to quality and performance for which we have long been recognized,” said Mark Frazier, president–Ohio/Pennsylvania/West Virginia Region. “By introducing 4G monitoring into our test drive program on top of our continued 1X and 3G network testing, our network team in the Greater Charleston can continue to provide the superior wireless experience our customers expect from Verizon Wireless.”
Verizon Wireless is conducting 4G data tests in more than 140 cities where the company’s 4G LTE network, the largest 4G LTE network in the nation, is currently available. Verizon Wireless will expand its 4G LTE network testing program into new markets as they launch. 1X voice and 3G data testing continue in all markets.
About Verizon Wireless’ Quality Testing Program
The local test men are part of the largest single team of systems performance engineers deployed by a U.S. wireless service company. Annually, the team travels more than one million miles in a fleet of about 100 test vehicles, and conducts more than 3.5 million voice call attempts and more than 19 million data tests on the Verizon Wireless network and the wireless networks of competitors in different markets across the country. These test drive results help the company direct its multi-billion dollar network capital expenditure program, including placement of new cellular sites and expansion of existing call capabilities in growing communities. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $65 billion in its network since the company was formed and more than $20 million in the western portion of West Virginia so far this year.
Interested reporters and other members of the news media are invited to contact the Verizon Wireless media relations representative in their region at http://www.verizonwireless.com/news/contacts.html to schedule an interview or ride-along test drive with a local Verizon Wireless test man or woman. For more information about the Verizon Wireless network, visit http://aboutus.vzw.com/bestnetwork/overview.html, or follow @VZWLaura on Twitter™ at http://twitter.com/vzwlaura.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.