Verizon Says That LTE Is Back

Verizon Wireless says it has fixed the outage that took down its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network on Wednesday. (See Verizon Investigating LTE Outage.)

"Our 4G LTE network is up and running," says spokesman Jeff Nelson in an email to LR Mobile. "Our network engineers and vendors quickly identified the issue and solved it."

Users of the ThunderBolt 4G phone should have normal service restored now. "Laptop users with USB modems may need to reconnect to the network when moving between 3G and 4G," Nelson writes. "This will continue to improve."

The operator hasn't given any further details on what the problem with the network was. The Wednesday blackout was the first major outage for LTE service, which was first launched in 38 markets in the U.S. in December 2010.

The carrier plans to cover more than 185 million potential subscribers and 175 towns and cities with its LTE deployment by the end of the year. (See Verizon Speeds Up LTE Expansion .)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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