Verizon’s Wireless Network Ranked #1 for Overall Performance in Maine by RootMetrics®

Verizon Invests $172 Million into Wireless Network across New England in First Half of 2015

BANGOR, Maine--()--Verizon customers in Maine are enjoying all of the benefits of America’s most reliable network, according to the Maine RootScore® Report, conducted by Seattle-based RootMetrics. Additionally, this marks the fourth consecutive time Verizon’s wireless network has been acknowledged as the leader in overall performance among national wireless service providers in the U.S.

Scores are based on RootMetrics testing performed from January through June 2015. The company evaluated all four U.S. wireless providers in six network performance categories: overall, reliability, speed, data, call, and text performance.

The results are in and Verizon won the Overall RootScore award in the state of Maine, scoring 87.9, and also was ranked first in: reliability, speed, data, call, and text network performance.

RootMetrics uses scientific methods to conduct their rigorous testing regimen, based on where people actually use their mobile devices. Using off-the-shelf, unaltered smartphones, RootMetrics staff drove over 1,400 miles and included more than 50 indoor locations to measure and analyze key performance indicators which provide an unbiased characterization of network attributes in the state of Maine.

“We’re proud to receive this independent validation of Verizon Wireless’ network leadership in Maine and across New England,” commented Dave MacBeth, Executive Director of Network for Verizon Wireless. “We’ve reinvested over $4 billion into our wireless networks across New England since 2000, including $172 million in enhancements during the first half of 2015. It’s our culture of ‘continuous improvement’ that drives us to innovate and deploy new technologies in support of our customers who rely on their devices, apps and accessories every day.”

This year Verizon has enhanced its network across New England by adding cell sites and deploying new technologies such as small cells and distributed antenna systems. Verizon Wireless most recently added new coverage in the following communities:

  • Brunswick, in the vicinity of South Street and Bowdoin College, throughout Cooks Corner and the surrounding area, including Route 1 and Route 24 (Bath Road and Gurnet Road)
  • Kittery, in the vicinity of Government Street
  • Portland, along Route 77, Forest Avenue, Read Street and the surrounding areas
  • South Portland, along Broadway and the surrounding areas
  • Windham, along Route 302

In addition, the company has augmented existing XLTE coverage in several Maine communities. XLTE uses Verizon’s AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) spectrum to double 4G LTE bandwidth in cities coast to coast, with faster peak speeds and greater capacity than before. This means that more wireless interactions can occur with more people in the same location, so more customers can send photos, download videos, surf the internet, and use real-time navigation throughout the following Maine communities, all due to recent XLTE enhancements:

  • Biddeford
  • Falmouth
  • Freeport
  • Hampden
  • Lewiston
  • Old Orchard Beach
  • Old Town
  • Saco

While Verizon took the honors in Maine, it also outranked the competition nationally with the most wins or ties in five state categories:

  • 47 states for Overall Performance (vs. 12 wins/ties for the nearest competitor)
  • 44 states for Network Reliability (vs. 15 wins/ties for the nearest competitor)
  • 44 states for Network Speed (vs. 7 wins/ties for the nearest competitor)
  • 46 states for Data Performance (vs. 6 wins/ties for the nearest competitor)
  • 45 states for Call Performance (vs. 19 wins/ties for the nearest competitor)

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering the promise of the digital world. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 109.5 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide. A Fortune 15 company with more than $127 billion in 2014 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 178,500. For more information, visit www.verizon.com/news/.

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Network rankings based on RootMetrics US National, State, Airport RootScore Reports, covering January– June 2015. Performance rankings of four mobile networks rely on scores calculated from random samples across all available network types. Your experiences may vary. The RootMetrics award is not an endorsement of Verizon. Visit www.rootmetrics.com for more details.

Contacts

Media contact:
Verizon Wireless
Michael Murphy, 781-932-1213
Michael.Murphy@verizonwireless.com
Twitter: @MikeMurphyPR
or
for Verizon Wireless
Diane Carragher, 978-518-4509
Diane@matternow.com

Contacts

Media contact:
Verizon Wireless
Michael Murphy, 781-932-1213
Michael.Murphy@verizonwireless.com
Twitter: @MikeMurphyPR
or
for Verizon Wireless
Diane Carragher, 978-518-4509
Diane@matternow.com