Verizon's test cars upgraded to benchmark real-life 4G performance against the competition

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Verizon's test cars upgraded to benchmark real-life 4G performance against the competition
Verizon's fleet of 100 test cars, which log a million miles annually will be equipped to measure the true 4G speeds of its competitors and of Verizon itself from now on, in order to benchmark performance and improve its LTE network.

So far the test cars have been logging voice quality and 3G data statistics, and we are familiar with the testing fleet from the "Can you hear me now" commercials. Verizon has equipped the vehicles with Ascom gear, which will allow it to measure things like download/upload speeds, signal strength and latency of all 4G networks in the US along the road, regardless of the technology used. The results will be used to improve against the competition and to gauge any weaknesses it finds in the LTE coverage and strength.

A third party measurement company - RootMetrics - has awarded Verizon its combined Combined Performance and Data Performance awards for Cleveland and Dallas this month, and over the past six months, Verizon Wireless has received their RootScore in 20 more cities: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; Minneapolis; New York; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; Portland, Ore.; Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.; Sacramento, Calif.; San Francisco; San Jose, Calif.; St. Louis; and Washington, D.C.

RootMetrics use regular smartphones you can find in retail shops to gauge the networks' performance, and engages them in real-life scenarios in several places and at different times around a city. Verizon itself makes more than 19 million data tests throughout the year, and it's likely that the pace will pick up with the new equipment to measure 4G performance installed on the test fleet. Press releases after the break.

Company Tests Voice, Data Networks of All Wireless Companies in Quality Comparison

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and SAN DIEGO, Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless is the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy a large-scale 4G LTE network, which is the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the U.S. From CTIA Enterprise and Applications™ 2011, Verizon Wireless announced today that the company's fleet of test vehicles is being equipped with 4G testing and monitoring equipment to encompass all of the major operating networks in the U.S. today. Verizon Wireless test men and women, the largest single team of systems performance engineers deployed by a U.S. wireless service company, will utilize the 4G testing equipment to monitor the company's 4G LTE network as well as the high-speed data networks of competitors that use LTE and other technologies.

"Verizon Wireless has a firm commitment to the quality and performance that has made our wireless network the most respected in the United States," said David Small, vice president and chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. "The addition of 4G testing equipment enables our nationwide fleet of test men and women to test our 1X, 3G and 4G networks as we continue to strive to deliver the superior wireless experience our customers expect from Verizon Wireless."

Using testing equipment from Ascom, a global technology company, Verizon Wireless test men and women are performing mobile data tests on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network as it continues to roll out across the country. The collected data will be used to measure network performance, benchmark against competitors, and assist Verizon Wireless network engineers who are responsible for maintaining and planning improvements and expansions of the company's network.  The fleet includes about 100 test vehicles.

Verizon Wireless' claims of the fastest and most reliable 4G network and the largest and most reliable 3G network are based on third-party survey results as well as network test results gathered by the company's test men and women. 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

As consumers' wireless usage has evolved, so has Verizon Wireless' testing. When the company launched in 2000, Verizon Wireless test men and women measured fundamental information about voice call performance. Today, as more wireless consumers use smartphones and wirelessly access data services, Verizon Wireless also tests to determine whether a data session connected, how quickly the connection was made, whether it stayed connected, and how quickly data was transmitted during the connection.

Annually, Verizon Wireless test men and test women travel more than 1 million miles and conduct 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 United States. Test results are analyzed to assist the company in directing its multi-billion dollar network capital expenditure program, including placement of new cellular sites and expansion of existing network capabilities in growing communities. Verizon Wireless has invested more than $65 billion in its network since the company was formed.

For more information about Verizon Wireless' network, visit http://aboutus.vzw.com/bestnetwork/overview.html.

Verizon Wireless Recognized for Data and Overall Performance

BASKING RIDGE, N.J.SEATTLE and SAN DIEGOOct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CTIA ENTERPRISE AND APPLICATIONS™2011 -- So far this year, the Verizon Wireless network has outperformed the competition in 22 major U.S. markets in the categories of Combined Performance and Data Performance, according to the wireless testing company, RootMetrics™.

In October alone, RootMetrics bestowed its Combined Performance and Data Performance awards upon Verizon Wireless inCleveland and Dallas.  Over the past six months, Verizon Wireless received RootScore™ Combined Performance and Data Performance awards in 20 additional cities: AtlantaBostonChicagoCincinnatiDenverHoustonLos AngelesMiami;MinneapolisNew YorkPhiladelphiaPhoenixPittsburghPortland, Ore.Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.Sacramento, Calif.;San FranciscoSan Jose, Calif.St. Louis; and Washington, D.C.

"More and more, consumers are relying on wireless devices to communicate and stay up to date with friends, family and business.  To do that, consumers must have a network they can rely on," said Bill Moore, chief executive officer of RootMetrics.  "Our goal is to provide consumers with a true picture of the major carriers' network performance and empower them to make educated decisions about the best carrier for their mobile habits."

RootMetrics' RootScore Reports highlight data, call, text and overall performances of the major wireless carriers' networks in a specific geographical area.  To evaluate the networks in each specific market, a team of RootMetrics employees conducts tests during a seven-day period, covering all hours of the day and night.  Using current off-the-shelf smartphones available to the public at the time of testing, the evaluation focuses on popular consumer activities, including making phone calls, uploading and downloading files from the Internet, and sending and receiving texts in an effort to reflect the consumer experience in a specific geographical area.

"It's no surprise that when it comes to lightning fast wireless data service, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is the clear winner among wireless customers for smartphones, tablets and other devices that rely on high-speed data," said David Small, vice president and chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless.  "We will continue to invest in the Verizon Wireless network to enhance and expand the reach and capabilities of our 4G LTE network -- as well as our voice and 3G data networks -- so that our customers can enjoy a superior wireless experience."

Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network is the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the country.  The company's unrivaled deployment of its 4G LTE network makes it the largest 4G LTE network in the nation, with coverage in more than 140 cities.

For more information about Verizon Wireless, visit http://aboutus.vzw.com/bestnetwork/overview.html.

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 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.

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