Verizon experienced two outages to 3G and 4G service in December. A new problem started early on Feb. 22, this one, says Verizon, to just its 4G data network.
Wireless customers began reporting outages to 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE)
services early Feb. 22.
And alas, the
issue doesn't appear to be regional; subscribers in Michigan, Arizona and
Virginia have posted messages to Verizon forums, Cnet
reported. Additionally, Engadget
heard from unhappy Verizon customers in Indiana,
Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
investigating customer issues in connecting to the 4GLTE data network. 3G data,
voice and text services are operating reliably," Verizon Tweeted at 10:10
a.m. Feb. 22.
Verizon suggesting that only its 4G service has been affected, subscribers are
Tweeting that 3G data is also hurting.
2011, Verizon customers dealt with two outages to 3G and 4G networks, the
second coming after the one-year anniversary of its 4G LTE launch. The outages
were caused by bugs in Verizon's core service-delivery architecture, GigaOm
reported. While Verizon said at the
time that it couldn't promise no more outages would occur, Mike Haberman, vice
president of networking engineering, said the carrier was taking steps to
segment its LTE network so that software bugs would be isolated to a region and
unable to spread.
Verizon's Jan. 24 earnings call for its 2011 fourth-quarterits best quarter
ever for LTE device salesthe carrier offered 20 4G LTE smartphones and data
devices, with more on the way.
by far the market leader in 4G LTE, which is now available in 195 markets
covering more than 200 million POPs, with increasing customer awareness of its
superior speeds, capabilities and new high-quality devices," CFO Fran
Shammo said during the call.
During the quarter,
Verizon sold 1.6 million LTE smartphones and activated 4.3 million Apple
iPhonesdevices that AT&T notoriously struggled to support.
expanding, high-speed customer base to support, Verizon has struck a deal with
SpectrumCo, a joint venture between cable companies Comcast, Time Warner and
BrightHouse Networks, as well as with Cox Communications, to purchase spectrum
for a combined $3.9 billion.
The deal, however,
has raised two concerns: first, that it will give Verizon too large a piece of
the spectrum pie; and, second, that it will make partners out of competitors,
since a detail of the Verizon deal is that it and the cable companies will sell
each others' products.
under a Federal Communications Commission deadline, T-Mobile filed a Feb. 21
complaint with the FCC, asking it to block the deal, which it said would give
Verizon an "excessive concentration" of wireless spectrum.
interest groups also filed motions to block the deals, according to a report
from the Associated Press, and earlier this month, T-Mobile, Sprint and others asked that Verizon be made to
of the deal's marketing arrangement so that
interested parties can appropriately respond.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) also wrote to the FCC, asking that it hold a hearing
to "further analyze the competitive impacts of these deals." Shortly
after, Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) said that he would.