Verizon Boosts Network Performance in Phoenix, Las Vegas
Growing customer demand in both cities and major community events that require more capacity inspired a host of network improvements and more speed.Faster Internet speeds for Verizon Wireless users in Phoenix and Las Vegas are now available thanks to a series of key network upgrades made by the carrier to handle ever-growing crowds of visitors and residents. In Phoenix, where Super Bowl XLIX was played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Feb. 1 and where the 2015 Phoenix Open PGA golf tournament was held that same weekend in nearby Scottsdale, Verizon saw demand for wireless data services double since the same period a year prior, according to the company. And in Las Vegas, with 500 flights a day bringing in more than five million convention goers and millions of additional visitors each year, more capacity was needed to meet continually growing needs, the company said. In response, in the Phoenix area in the first half of 2015 Verizon has quadrupled its 4G LTE wireless data capacity throughout the area, while also building a network of small cells to add capacity and improve in-building coverage to stay ahead of high call volume and high data usage around the area, according to the company. Indoor antenna systems have also been added inside the Phoenix Convention Center and Symphony Hall, Cityscape, the Hyatt Regency and the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, as well as in other locations around the metro area.
The idea has been to improve the network for everyday residents and to handle special large-scale events when demand increases so that users can get the services they expect, the company said. To dramatize the future needs of its data network in the area, Verizon said that demand for wireless data services is expected to grow by 650 percent between 2013 and 2018, according to figures from networking vendor Cisco.