4G LTE: Testing, Testing

Wireless network testers work to ensure reliable nationwide coverage.

By Chuck Hamby on June 27, 2013

Was that the Batmobile that just drove by? No, but it might have been a wireless network’s test team vehicle, armed with the latest gadgets that enable them to check the quality of coverage throughout your neighborhood. Coverage quality is the number one concern for wireless consumers, according to the results of a survey by Rysavy Research and NetMotion Wireless released in March. Connectivity challenges and troubleshooting difficulties are also major burdens for the more than 400 professionals who participated in this survey.

Wireless network testers work incessantly to address these issues. They prowl hundreds of thousand miles of highways and country roads each year, constantly testing network availability and coverage access. These high-tech sleuths tirelessly crisscross the country, making millions of calls, texts, uploads, and other data connections. They are regularly testing the quality of Verizon Wireless coverage and how it stacks up to the competition.

In addition to ensuring consistent network reliability, wireless companies also prepare for emergencies. For example, the Verizon Wireless network infrastructure is designed to weather natural disasters and other catastrophes. Tens of thousands of cell sites and 148 switching facilities nationwide are reinforced with back-up power in case of a power outage. These “Super Switch” centers, which route voice and data traffic for a region, are built with a wide array of the most advanced technology and designed to withstand category 5 hurricanes and other types of natural disasters while maintaining service in the most uncompromising environments.

“The work of our test teams is one of the most crucial components in maintaining our network reliability,” said Frank Wise, Florida network executive director, Verizon Wireless. “So we can all rest easy knowing they’re on the case identifying clues to delivering the best wireless coverage.”