Verizon acknowledges 4G LTE outage

Verizon this morning acknowledged that its 4G LTE network was not working for users across the U.S. after reports trickled in overnight about a nationwide outage.

ANALYSIS: Breaking down carriers' "4G" wireless spin

In an update posted through its official Twitter account, Verizon Wireless acknowledged that it was "aware of an issue with 4G LTE connections" and said that its "network engineers are working to resolve quickly."

Verizon's update came hours after reports began surfacing on tech news sites such as Engadget that 4G connectivity had been knocked offline nationwide. Engadget's Vlad Savov reported that when he tried to connect to the LTE network with an HTC Thunderbolt in San Francisco this morning, the phone could only latch onto Verizon's 3G EV-DO Rev. A network. Multiple LTE users also registered problems they were having over Twitter.

The outage marks the first major issue for Verizon's LTE network, which came on line in December. The carrier's network has so far proven to be the fastest wireless data network in the U.S., as initial tests showed data downloads frequently topping 10Mbps in most major markets, although these tests were run when the network just started and didn't have much congestion. A test released in March by PC World showed that Verizon's LTE laptop air cards provided average download speeds of 6.5Mbps and average upload speeds of 5Mbps.

LTE is essentially a bridge from 3G technologies such as HSPA and EV-DO Rev. A to the 4G IMT-Advanced technologies that the International Telecommunications Union has said will support speeds up to 100Mbps. Rival carrier AT&T said at this year's Consumer Electronics Show that it planned on launching its own LTE services in a limited number of markets this summer. So far AT&T has relied on upgrading its 3G HSPA network to HSPA+ technology to boost data speeds before making the switch to LTE.

Read more about anti-malware in Network World's Anti-malware section.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags wirelessNetworkingtwitterverizonservice providersVerizon WirelessLAN & WANWiMAX & LTE3G & 4G

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Brad Reed

Network World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?