Verizon Investigating LTE Outage

Users report that Verizon's new 4G network is suffering from its first major nationwide outage

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

April 27, 2011

1 Min Read
Verizon Investigating LTE Outage

Verizon Wireless says that it is investigating the cause of a major outage that took place Wednesday on its new 4G LTE network.

Spokesman Jeffrey Nelson says that the operator will update with more details. "ThunderBolts are making and receiving voice calls, but may get slower 1xRTT data," he says in an email reply about the outage.

Users contacting LR Mobile and others on Twitter say that the network has been down all day across the nation.

It is not yet clear why the High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) ThunderBolt phones are reverting to 1XRTT data connections rather than faster 3G CDMA links.

This appears to be the first major outage on the Verizon LTE network, which was initially launched in 38 markets in December 2010. It is the first test of how quickly the operator can deal with a speed bump on its fastest mobile data network.

We will report more when we know more.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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