Ike Tests Verizon's LTE

'Ike' will be the first vehicle equipped to test the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network

March 24, 2010

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LAS VEGAS and BASKING RIDGE, N.J. -- Ike is no ordinary member of the Verizon Wireless fleet of 100 company-owned and -operated vehicles that travel the United States every day testing the nation’s most reliable wireless network. Based at the company’s Network Operations Center outside Dallas, Ike, a four-wheel drive sport utility vehicle, works behind the scenes to help Verizon Wireless plan future testing; fills in when other test vehicles are sidelined; and provides additional network testing support following disasters, emergencies and special events.

Ike was the first Verizon Wireless test vehicle to drive the more than 40,000 miles of the U.S. Interstate Highway System in the lower 48 states and was named in honor of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who championed America’s national highway system. The results of Ike’s full interstate highway drive in 2005 became part of the baseline the company uses to measure its network’s performance.

Ike continues to play a key role within Verizon Wireless today. Ike will be the first member of the fleet equipped to test the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, which will launch later this year. Ike’s preliminary testing will enable Verizon Wireless to identify testing processes and procedures that the company’s real-life test men and women will use to monitor and test the company’s 4G LTE network, as well as competitors’ 3G and 4G data networks.

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Since its creation in 2000, Verizon Wireless has employed real-life test men and women to monitor and test the company’s network by driving its fleet of vehicles. Ten years later, that fleet has more than tripled in size with Verizon Wireless now operating 100 specially equipped, company-owned and -operated test vehicles, the largest wireless network testing fleet in the United States.

Verizon Wireless recently added 10 new vehicles to its network testing fleet to bring its total complement to 100 test vehicles. The vehicles – late-model, four-wheel drive utility vehicles, each costing approximately $240,000 when fully outfitted with network testing gear – enable the company to enhance its call quality and coverage capabilities and test new markets, including Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

“Our focus has been and always will be on network quality. We are dedicated to providing our customers the best wireless experience in the United States,” said Tony Melone, senior vice president and CTO of Verizon Wireless. “The network tests we conduct day after day enable us to not only understand our customers’ experiences today, but also to make decisions on network enhancements and investments that will provide the best service for our customers in the future.”

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