Verizon's test cars upgraded to benchmark real-life 4G performance against the competition
posted by Daniel P. / Oct 12, 2011, 12:36 PM
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.
Verizon Wireless Recognized for Data and Overall Performance
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., SEATTLE and SAN DIEGO, Oct. 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: 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.
"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.
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.
Well verizon may be the best network out there but if I don't get reception in my home then its a no go. It sukz that it worked everywhere I went but in my house were I am the most I had no reception on my droid charge and my boyfriend had the same problem on his thunderbolt and no it wasn't our phones cuz we switched them 2 times and still same problems. I live in los angeles and yea verizon has gret coverage tru out LA like I said it worked everywhere I went in LA except my house. I have metro piece of shyyt right now and I hate it with a passion because I got one of them cheap phones that costs 30 bucks and doesn't even have a camera but hey atleast I now have 3 bars of service in my house and I'm able to call I really wanna dump metro but idk if I should get at&t, sprint or t-mobile? Cuz I heard they work fine in my house.
Sprint might be cheaper, but it still uses CDMA, and it sounds like there's no penetration into the poster's house (possibly because of the material or build i.e.: thick brick or cinder, metal siding or roof, etc.)
I'd try GSM first to see if that works.
Try T-Mobile, AT&T if you must (bunch of busters over at Orange).
But, if Verizon doesn't work, Sprint probably won't either.
You can try, though.
its a give and take. VZW can afford all this extra stuff because you pay out the nose for service. With VZW you get premium service with that plan premium. Tmobile's service is less than half of VZW at this point if your on a Value plan, while being nearly as fast. You cant have it both ways. Those cheaper plans means that they have less money to spend on other things. But hey, if your in an area like mine where the 4g is blazing fast, Tmo is the way to go. I very rarely have an issue, and that wifi calling ability makes up for any inner building coverage spots i have at school.
I'm in Phoenix, so it's pretty fast. I enjoy Tmo because of the low prices they offer my wife and I. When I lived in Idaho it was a little worse where we lived, but now it's awesome. I have 4g and I connect to my wireless when i'm at home. I hope with Tmo, we get more customers so they can give the people that don't have that great coverage in some of those areas with better coverage.
VZW FTW. I live in Phoenix. All my friends that have T-Mobile get little to no reseption in buildings and in the outskirts of town; same goes for Att. Forget trying to go up north into the mountains like Flagstaff or Payson all carrires get crap expet for...VZW! Verizon rules the air indeed.
In the other hand... I lived in California, I went to Big Bear Lake (like every year), up in the mountains, I have verizon, my wife has At&t... do you know who had no reception at all in our cabin??? guess why my wife was laughing at me... no verizon signal, but At&t was very strong!!
Every other place we go, verizon and at&t are the same...
i was litterally in the same place this weekend and had no reception issues with my thunderbolt. for fair comparison my friends that i was with have the iphone4 on ATT and they also had reception. must just have been that weird little spot where you where.
IT'S A FUNNY THING ABOUT SIGNAL STRENGTH, SAME CARRIER AND SAME PHONE YET TOTALLY DIFFERENT SIGNALS. FOR INSTANCE, I DIDN'T KNOW TMO HAD 4G IN PHOENIX BECAUSE EVERYONE WHO HAS IT HERE DOESN'T TRUELY GET IT. *UNLESS YOU'RE ON 19TH ST AND BELL*.
I'VE HAD CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE HAD TERRIBLE SERVICE RIGHT NEXT TO OUR KIOSK YET MY PHONE HAS FULL BARS.
OVERALL STATS THOUGH, VERIZON DOES OFFER THE BEST BUT AT A PRICE AND IT'S A PRICE I DON'T MIND PAYING BECAUSE I DO ENJOY MY FAST SPEEDS AND I GUESS I HAVE GREAT LUCK BECAUSE THE ONLY TIME I DON'T GET RECEPTION IS WHEN I START TRAVELING TO FLAGSTAFF HOWEVER I STILL LAST LONGER THAN ANY OTHER CARRIERS MY FRIENDS MIGHT HAVE.
I must say, I live in Phoenix and I have a 4G LTE mobile hotspot and the internet speeds here are insane! I have speed tested at about 17-18 Mbps. I live around 44th St and Camelback and I have consistently fast speeds here. I have never had a drop in service either! Also I can get 4G coverage just outside Buckeye! And for people who don't live in Arizona, Buckeye is out in the middle of nowhere!! I am very happy with what Verizon offers. I would pay a premium any day to get the service they offer!
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