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Verizon will bring RED HYDROGEN ONE, the world’s first holographic smartphone, to the best streaming network

RED HYDROGEN ONE
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Calling all content creators, entertainment and technology fans and anyone with a passion for what’s next. Verizon, the nation’s #1 wireless network according to RootMetrics®*, will soon be home to RED HYDROGEN ONE, a revolutionary new smartphone that will change the way you capture video and immerse yourself in mobile entertainment. 

HYDROGEN ONE is the world’s first holographic phone with 4-View technology; it’s what 3D always wished it was, and without the glasses. Pair HYDROGEN ONE with Verizon’s best streaming network**, according to Nielsen, and Verizon’s unlimited plan and take full advantage of RED’s groundbreaking holographic media display and multidimensional surround sound for the ultimate streaming experience. The 5.7-inch holographic media machine features an industrial yet polished design with a powerful pogo pin system that allows you to add stackable modules to your phone for added functionality. It’s a revolutionary phone designed for digital creativity, from cinema to music to photography to art.

“RED HYDROGEN ONE was designed with cutting-edge technology that simply can't be described - you have to hold it in your hands and experience it yourself to understand why this is such a mobile game changer,” said Brian Higgins, vice president, device and consumer product marketing, Verizon. “A phone like this deserves the best network in the country, which is why we can’t wait to bring it to Verizon customers later this year.”

Combine RED’s 4-View technology with Verizon’s fast and reliable 4G network and it becomes the best choice for content creators. Sharing and watching 4-View content is simply better on the best streaming network. Your friends will be blown away when you show them the holographic video or picture you shot.

Put the 4-View camera to additional good use with the best rewards and experiences thanks to Verizon Up. Win once-in-a-lifetime experiences, VIP tickets to events and everyday rewards – all for just for paying your wireless bill. HYDROGEN ONE lets you capture those memories in a way that only it can.

As a Verizon Up member, every $300 you spend on your wireless monthly bills earns you a reward. That includes device dollars you can put toward a new phone like the HYDROGEN ONE. And you don’t pay interest when you finance it over 24 months.

In addition to the new phone, RED will launch the HYDROGEN network, an exclusive network of channels with 4-View content. The RED HYDROGEN network will feature 4-View videos of cutting-edge games, music and films created by award-winning developers, musicians and directors, alongside independent creators.

RED HYDROGEN ONE will be available later this year from Verizon.

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* Rankings based on the RootMetrics US National, State, and Metro RootScore Reports: 2H 2017. Tested with best commercially available smartphones on 4 national mobile networks 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.

** “Best Streaming” claim based on Verizon’s interpretation of Nielsen Video Test data collected nationally between 10.1.17 and 3.31.18.”

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Verizon will soon be home to RED HYDROGEN ONE, a revolutionary new smartphone that will change the way you capture video and immerse yourself in mobile entertainment.

You don’t need high grade Navy radar systems to spot which companies just achieved another industry milestone for customers

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Verizon, Ericsson, Federated Wireless and Qualcomm are industry leaders in making CBRS a reality in a live, commercial network environment.

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BOCA RATON, FL - Verizon, Ericsson, Federated Wireless and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated have successfully tested 4G LTE technology over CBRS spectrum (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) in Verizon’s live commercial network.  After the successful initial trials last year and ongoing work to advance the CBRS ecosystem in Verizon’s lab in Texas, this real-world deployment marks the beginning of public access to the 150 MHz bandwidth of 3.5 GHz shared spectrum which until now has been used by the federal government for radar systems.  

“As more people use more wireless devices to do more things in more places, building a network to stay ahead of customer demand is crucial,” said Mike Haberman, VP Network Engineering for Verizon.  “This shared spectrum resource is a critical component of our strategy to add capacity to our network.”

The deployment in Florida used a combination of Verizon licensed AWS and 700 MHz spectrum aggregated with 50 MHz of CBRS band 48 spectrum.  The combination of these LTE Advanced features of multiple antennas, 256 QAM, and carrier aggregation across shared and licensed spectrum produced peak speeds of 790 Mbps.  The deployments in Florida involved outdoor and in-building systems.

“We have been aggressively working over the past several years on deploying LTE Advanced features.  We’ve fully deployed carrier aggregation in our licensed spectrum across our network in over 2,000 markets, and have 4X4 MIMO and 256 QAM deployed in over 810 markets nationwide for our customers,” said Haberman.  “Combining those features with this shared spectrum band will provide more capacity, higher peak speeds and faster throughput when accessing the network for our customers who have come to expect the latest technology and highest reliability from Verizon.”

For this deployment, Ericsson provided Ericsson Radio DOT system for indoor and Radio 2208 for outdoor, Qualcomm Technologies provided the Qualcomm ® Snapdragon TM 845 mobile test device with X20 LTE for access to CBRS on mobile devices, and Federated Wireless provided the prioritization through their Spectrum Controller, a Spectrum Access System (SAS) that dynamically allocates channels within the FCC’s spectrum sharing framework for this band.  Ericsson also provided the domain proxy to enable the radios to communicate with the Federated Wireless Spectrum Controller.

This marks the beginning of commercial deployment of LTE on CBRS spectrum. Devices that can access the CBRS spectrum are expected in 2018.

 
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Verizon and partners are first in the US industry to deploy 4G LTE on CBRS band spectrum.

Verizon announces ThingSpace Ready, a program to help get cellular IoT solutions to market quickly, reliably and cost effectively

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Partners include leading module makers Quectel, Sequans and u-blox, cellular design houses Bittium and Mobilogix and SIM provider G+D Mobile Security

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Verizon’s ThingSpace, the IoT platform designed to help businesses and OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) create, test, connect and bring IoT ideas to market, today announced a new program and set of services called ThingSpace Ready. Designed to help device developers easily and cost effectively build, certify and manage devices on Verizon’s leading network, ThingSpace Ready alleviates hurdles by making it easier for developers to acquire more affordable cellular modules, IoT SIMs and hardware design services via new partnerships with Bittium, G+D Mobile Security, Mobilogix, Quectel, Sequans and u-blox, with additional partners to be announced. 

ThingSpace Ready builds on Verizon’s leading platform and connectivity services for IoT – in 2017 Verizon was first to market with its nationwide commercial 4G LTE CATM1 network spanning 2.57 million square miles, the first nationwide low-power, wide-area LTE network designed specifically for IoT. As of April 2018, ThingSpace supports connectivity in over 200 countries & territories via global agreements. Now, through carefully curated module, SIM, and design house partnerships, a ThingSpace SDK integrated on modules and incentives when devices are activated on Verizon’s leading network, device development has never been simpler. 

“We’ve been a leader in the industry around IoT platform and connectivity services with the successful launch of ThingSpace in 2015, and the first nationwide CATM1 network for IoT in 2017. Now, we’re building on those tools with key partnerships and services to help make it easier and more affordable than ever to develop and launch cellular-enabled IoT solutions in the marketplace” said Steve Szabo, head of global IoT products and solutions at Verizon. “We’ve created a one-stop-shop for IoT and are providing access like never before,” he added. 

ThingSpace Ready partners specialize in developing secure and reliable connectivity solutions, designing LTE chipsets and software tech to authenticate and protect devices and data. The program’s easy onramp provides competitively priced SIM and module options, free certification, credits for device activations and access to platform tools for lifecycle functions like billing, connectivity management and diagnostic support. 

“G+D Mobile Security is excited to partner with Verizon to continue to secure and expand the IoT ecosystem,” said Edgar Salib, president of G+D Mobile Security’s Americas region. “As a market leader in proven, scalable, standards-based security solutions for IoT, our partnership with a leader like Verizon ensures an acceleration of secure IoT deployments.”

Learn more at ThingSpace Ready

Learn more at partner booths 1259, 1343 and 1355 at IoT World May 14-17 in Santa Clara, CA

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Verizon Enterprise Solutions: 1Q 2018 Highlights

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Verizon Enterprise Solutions delivers the promise of the connected world. During the first quarter of 2018, we helped clients around the globe provide better customer experiences and produce better business results through services such as advanced networking, business communications and managed services. First quarter 2018 highlights include:

Public Safety Initiatives

  • To further enhance public safety, Verizon unveiled its public safety private core and preemption and mobile broadband priority services utilizing the company’s superior 4G LTE nationwide network. The core separates data traffic of public safety mobile users from commercial users across Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Public safety users can now have their data immediately recognized as public safety with priority access at the tower and through the network.

  • Verizon put on its game-day face to support a “blizzard” of data usage at Super Bowl LII, providing both temporary and permanent network infrastructure to support consumers, first responders and visitors to Minneapolis for the big game. This included a 500% increase in wireless data capacity through new cell and small cell sites, and a host of other infrastructure investments including at the Stadium, the airport and the Mall of America. Verizon also worked with the Minneapolis Police Department to install dozens of security cameras on street lights in downtown areas that previously had minimal video surveillance coverage. The cameras were added to existing infrastructure for quick and cost-efficient installation, which were connected, in many instances, to Verizon’s own small cells, lending fiber network power for fast communication. Former NYC and Boston police commissioner, Bill Bratton, toured our network operations center and spoke with local and public safety media about the importance of communications and Verizon’s commitment to public safety. Additionally, Commissioner Bratton mentioned Verizon during a regularly scheduled appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program in a discussion about Super Bowl preparation and safety.

Network

  • The launch of Session Border Controller as a Service enhanced Verizon’s software-defined networking (SDN) technology ecosystem by helping customers deploy networking technology faster and more cost effectively. The solution is developed with Ribbon Communications, and enables geo-diverse session border controller deployments.

  • To further boost Verizon’s SDN strategy, Verizon announced the launch of Software Defined Wireless Local Area Network (SD WLAN), a managed solution that provides visibility into both the corporate wireless network operations and Bluetooth-enabled devices connected to the network, with an eye toward improving the user experience. The solution leverages patented artificial intelligence and machine learning technology from Mist Systems to improve network management and operations while helping to control costs.

  • Verizon and Colt demonstrated industry-first, two-way intercarrier SDN network orchestration. Both companies were able to make near-real-time bandwidth changes in each other’s production networks, marking the first time two-way network orchestration between carrier production networks has been demonstrated anywhere in the world. This event marked another important step in enabling real-time cross-carrier automation.

Security

  • We introduced the first Verizon Risk Report (VRR), a new security assessment framework that allows companies to make data-driven security decisions to protect their business information and their customers. The VRR enables enterprises to quantify their current exposure to cyber-related threats, and obtain an understanding of the probability of a potential future breach. It combines Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) series’ extensive cybercriminal activity database, the company’s Professional Service consultants’ expertise and specialized data sources from technology providers including BitSight, Cylance, Recorded Future and Tanium to create an automated, comprehensive security risk scoring framework that identifies current security gaps, weaknesses and associated risks on a daily basis.
  • Verizon has teamed up with Guardtime to work on a portfolio of blockchain platform services later this year. Guardtime’s KSI Blockchain uses well-known security functions, including Secure Hash Algorithms, hash trees, and a distributed consensus protocol to establish an immutable audit trail for data movement within and between organizations. The Verizon blockchain platform services will focus on privacy, portability and scalability.

Thought Leadership

  • Our 2018 Protected Health Information Data Breach Report provided a timely reminder to the healthcare industry that patient records continue to be a highly sought after commodity amongst cyber criminals. The updated report, underpinned by 1,368 incidents from 27 countries, provides companies with a detailed analysis of threat actors, their motives and tactics.
  • Our inaugural Mobile Security Index found that organizations across numerous industries compromised mobile data security because of speed to market priorities and a lack of threat awareness. The report, which is based on interviews with over 600 professionals involved in procuring and managing mobile devices for their organizations,  also offers a comprehensive set of recommendations for protecting the mobile enterprise.

Partner

  • Verizon updated its Partner Program (VPP) with a new and improved master agent model to enhance the program’s agility and responsiveness. In addition, an expanded global resale model was introduced to give program members more flexibility in selling Verizon solutions.  

Learn how Verizon Enterprise Solutions can work with your business to build the future

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Verizon takes industry lead in working with key partners to drive advancements on CBRS spectrum

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IRVING, TX – Leading companies and vendors from across the wireless industry have come together at Verizon’s facility in Irving, Texas to accelerate using 4G LTE technology over the CBRS (Citizen Band Radio Spectrum) spectrum. After the successful initial trials last year, Corning, Ericsson, Federated Wireless, Google, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, are all collaborating in end-to-end system testing to further develop the use of this new spectrum. 

The CBRS band is made up of 150 MHz of 3.5 GHz shared spectrum which until now has been primarily used by the federal government for radar systems. The FCC authorized shared use of the spectrum with wireless small cells in 2016. By using LTE Advanced technology and carrier aggregation, Verizon will be able to use this shared spectrum to add capacity to its network. Verizon customers will benefit from more capacity, higher peak speeds and faster throughput when accessing the network.

The end-to-end system tests are designed to accomplish several goals on the path to widespread commercial deployment:

  • To test and verify the Spectrum Access System algorithms from Google and Federated Wireless are consistently providing the best channel match from the SAS database.

  • To test data rates, modulations and the customer experience using CBRS spectrum.

  • To test interoperability between infrastructure providers to ensure seamless handoffs between CBRS spectrum and licensed spectrum for customers.

  • To test mobility handoffs on the CBRS spectrum.

  • To evaluate performance and data from LTE over CBRS spectrum.

For the end-to-end system testing, Federated Wireless and Google are providing prioritization through the Spectrum Access System (SAS) that dynamically prioritizes traffic within the FCC’s spectrum sharing framework for this band. Qualcomm Technologies is providing the Qualcomm ® Snapdragon TM LTE modem needed to access LTE on CBRS on mobile devices. Corning, Ericsson and Nokia have provided indoor and outdoor radio solutions which can run on the CBRS Spectrum. 

  • Corning provided a SpiderCloud Enterprise RAN composed of a Services Node and SCRN-330 Radio Nodes.

  • Ericsson’s Radio System solution is comprised of 4x4 MIMO, 4x20MHz Carrier Aggregation, including CBRS spectrum delivered over infrastructure aggregating Ericsson’s outdoor micro base station (Radio 2208 units) with the indoor B48 Radio Dot System in the same baseband (5216 units).

  • Nokia provided FlexiZone Multiband Indoor (MBI) BTS, FlexiZone Multiband Outdoor (MBO) BTS and FlexiZone Controller (FZC).

In addition, participants in this ecosystem have set up private LTE sites which are using CBRS spectrum. Private LTE networks are being engineered to meet the needs of enterprise customers who want greater control over their LTE solutions including private on-site servers, control over access to their designated LTE network, as well as increased throughput and reduced latency through dedicated backhaul.

The end-to-end system testing, which began in February and will continue over the next several weeks, has provided actionable insights and have significantly advanced CBRS spectrum deployment feasibility. 

“The promise of the CBRS band and enabling the use of wider swaths of spectrum will make a big impact on carrying wireless data in the future. These trials are critical to stress test the full system,” said Bill Stone, VP Technology Development and Planning for Verizon. “There are many players in the CBRS ecosystem and these successful trials ensure all the various parts perform together as an end-to-end system for our customers’ benefit. We want to ensure devices efficiently use CBRS spectrum and that the new components effectively interact with the rest of the network.”

At the conclusion of this testing, equipment will be submitted for certification through the FCC following which deployment can begin. Both commercial deployment of LTE on CBRS spectrum and devices that can access the CBRS spectrum are expected to begin in 2018.

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Companies and vendors in the wireless industry have come together at Verizon’s facility in Irving, Texas to accelerate using 4G LTE technology over CBRS spectrum.

Verizon: Technology leadership and innovation

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A look back at 2017 Wireline Network Milestones

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2017 was a tremendous year for our fiber-optic network technology – the wireline infrastructure that underpins everything from our superfast Fios broadband and 4G LTE wireless network that millions use every day, through to our next gen 5G solutions. We are proud of the industry leadership and technological innovations our team delivered over the last year, truly demonstrating that at Verizon, we don’t wait for the future, we build it.

Here are some highlights:

Fios Gigabit Connection

We launched our Fios Gigabit Connection service in April, now available to nearly the entire Fios footprint of 14.5 million homes.

“We’re particularly proud of the scale of this achievement, which stands in contrast to those providers that offer gigabit-like services to a small number of customers. With almost all of our customers able to benefit from download speeds of up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 880 Mbps, Fios Gigabit Connection shows the future is here, now,” said Kevin Service, wireline field operations leader, Verizon.

NG-PON2

If you think Fios is fast, our fiber-based services are about to get even better. In 2017, we successfully trialed interoperability with NG-PON2 technology, paving the way for commercial rollouts in 2018. This technology supports up to 40G of total capacity and up to 10G speeds per customer, both upstream and downstream, over a single fiber. That means customers will have unbelievable speeds up from 2.5 Gbps on today’s current GPON architecture.

400G

We were the first to bring 100 Gbps speeds to our backbone several years ago, and now we’re primed to be the first to hit 400 Gbps. In December, we conducted a successful 400 Gbps trial in Dallas. This will be crucial to our industry leadership in continuing to meet the future demands of video streaming, 4K, virtual reality, cloud computing, 5G and more.

Fios Expands In Boston

Expanding on our build in Dorchester, we brought TV and broadband competition and choice in September to residents in parts of the Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park neighborhoods of Boston as we continued the expansion of our 100 percent fiber-optic network across the Hub. Verizon Fios Internet, TV and phone services are also now available in parts of Dorchester, Roxbury, and West Roxbury, as part of our planned $300 million investment. 

‘Fiberizing’ the Best Network

We continue to replace aged copper wiring with more resilient fiber-optic technology in towns and cities along the Northeast coast. In 2017, we laid almost 7,000 miles of fiber-optic cables, which is like wrapping the moon around its equator.  This upgrade is providing increased reliability and advanced services like Ethernet, wave services, Fios, and more.

To help our customers enjoy the Super Bowl, we also deployed 550 miles of fiber inside U.S. Bank Stadium. Here is more information on our wireless and wireline preparations for the big game.

Third Party Accolades

Our Fios service earned “Highest in Residential Internet and Television Service Satisfaction in the East” by J.D. Power, marking the fifth consecutive Internet service award. For the 12th year in a row, Fios Internet won the PCMag Reader’s choice award.

“We are very proud of the service we provide to our customers, and will continue to make enhancements to stay ahead of the competition,” said Service.

Learn more about Verizon Fios Internet, TV and phone services. 

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In 2017 we advanced our fiber-optic network technology: the wireline infrastructure underpinning our superfast Fios broadband, 4G LTE wireless network, and next gen 5G solutions.

RootMetrics® ranks Verizon’s network #1 in the nation for a record ninth time in a row

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The nation’s most rigorous, independent scientific study has recognized Verizon as the #1 wireless network in the country for a record ninth consecutive time. According to RootMetrics’ new National RootScore ® Report, released today, Verizon was again unbeaten in every category including overall performance, reliability, data, speed, call and text network performance.
 

According to the report

  • “Verizon's performance in our national testing was once again outstanding and far stronger than that of any other carrier.”
  • “Verizon shines at the national level, winning or sharing awards in all six categories… A remarkable achievement: Verizon has won the Overall RootScore Award outright for nine consecutive test periods.”
  • “Verizon leads the way - earning far more State RootScore Awards than any other carrier in each of our six performance categories.”
  • “Verizon earns far more state-level awards than any other network.” 

Report highlights

  • Our network remains undefeated in all categories including overall network performance, reliability, speed, data, calls and text.
  • We were unbeaten in overall performance in 45 states.
  • Our results at the state level more than double that of our next-closest competitor. As the report states: “Verizon won or shared a remarkable 249 State RootScore Awards out of 300 possible award opportunities in the second half of 2017.”
  • In cities across the country, our network was unbeaten 93 percent of the time in network reliability performance - a total of 116 (out of 125) Network Reliability RootScore Awards for the third consecutive test period.

No matter how you test it, Verizon is the industry leader in network performance

Only one wireless network is recognized time and time again as the leader in network performance by independent third parties using different approaches (drivetesting, consumer experience studies). In addition to today’s announcement from RootMetrics, J.D. Power recently reported that in all six regions and, for the 20th time in a row, Verizon received more awards than any other wireless provider in the J.D. Power Wireless Network Quality Performance Study.* In addition, according to Nielsen Video Test data collected nationally, the most awarded network is now the best in streaming.**
 
“Since launching our unlimited data plan one year ago, our network performance continues to be consistently strong,” said Nicola Palmer, chief network engineer and head of wireless networks at Verizon. “These recent third party results confirm our overwhelming lead over other wireless providers in network performance and reliability.” 
 

Predictable excellence for our customers

We engineer, build and maintain our network for predictable excellence, meaning Verizon provides the largest 4G LTE coverage, unparalleled reliability, and the most consistently fast speeds. Our ongoing investment in the latest technologies and software platforms and our industry-leading team of dedicated and talented engineers have come together to ensure our customers have the best reliability, coverage, speed and streaming experience.
 

Building the future

In 2017, Verizon accomplished a series of industry technology firsts through the deployment of LTE Advanced network features which provide increased capacity and even faster peak speeds. These advancements serve as foundational stepping stones on the way to 5G and provide tangible benefits today while laying the groundwork for our next generation network.
 
Verizon is changing the game by exploring new use cases with 5G technology. This past Sunday, Verizon chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam and Korea Telecom chairman and CEO Chang-Gyu Hwang successfully conducted the first-ever pre-commercial 5G video call on two fully functioning prototype 5G tablets from Samsung. Just last week in Minneapolis, we streamed a live stereoscopic virtual reality experience by transmitting multiple 4K and HD video streams over 5G, delivering a truly interactive, immersive experience and taking VR as we know it to a whole new level. Last week, we also demonstrated 5G’s extremely low latency with two pro football players using real-time, network-based, first-person cameras to test the latency of 5G, knowing that milliseconds can make a difference between catching a football or not.
 
 
Rankings based on the RootMetrics US National, State, and Metro RootScore Reports: 2H 2017. Tested with best commercially available smartphones on 4 national mobile networks 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. Quotes from RootMetrics special reports “Mobile performance in the US part 1: performance across the entire US 2H 2017” and “Mobile performance in the US part 2: performance across the 50 states 2H 2017”.
 
*Verizon Wireless received the highest numerical score among wireless service providers in the J.D. Power 2017 (V1 & V2) & 2018 (V1) U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Studies. 2018 V1 study is based on 38,595 total responses, measuring the network quality experienced by customers with wireless phones, surveyed July-December 2017. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com
 
**Based on Verizon interpretation of Nielsen Video Test data collected nationally between 10/1/17 and 12/31/17
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The RootMetrics’ new National RootScore ® Report has recognized Verizon as the #1 wireless network in the country for a record ninth consecutive time.

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Tami Erwin, EVP Verizon Wireless Operations shares that over the past decade Verizon Wireless has won more awards than any other wireless provider. 

Verizon carries successful data session on new NB-IoT Guard band network

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Complementing Verizon’s robust nationwide IoT network offerings, new Narrowband IoT network will provide more choices for customers. 

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Westlake, TX – Businesses and global brands can look forward to an expanded lineup of network offerings thanks to the collaboration between Verizon and Ericsson who today completed their first successful Narrowband IoT Guard band data session. The trials used the latest Massive Internet of Things Ericsson software on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.  
 
Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) is a technology providing scale, coverage and security for customers seeking scalable and cost effective wireless access solutions for IoT. Verizon maintains a strong leadership position in IoT technology and solutions with a history of firsts, including the first nationwide deployment of 4G LTE, LTE Cat 1, and LTE Cat M1 networks. While CAT-M1 is targeting a wide range of applications for business customers such as wearables, fleet and asset management, NB-IoT Guard band focuses on applications needing data rates below 100 kbps. NB-IoT Guard band technology occupies a dedicated frequency of 180 kHz bandwidth designated for IoT applications which does not share spectrum resources with commercial smartphone traffic. 
 
Bill Stone, Vice President - Network Planning at Verizon said, “We are committed to providing more customer options to the IoT ecosystem by leading with new technologies and capabilities such as NB-IoT Guard band that efficiently use dedicated spectrum and target different customer requirements for throughput and battery life.”
 
“The IoT ecosystem has tremendous potential for further growth and development,” said Kevin Zvokel, Head of Networks for Ericsson in North America. “With our IoT commercial software in combination with Verizon’s network, we are pleased to pave the way for future growth in this important segment.”
 
Nationwide deployment of Verizon’s Narrowband IoT Guard band network will be fully complete across Verizon’s nationwide network covering 2.56 million square miles in 2018. 

 

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Verizon and Ericsson collaborated to complete a successful Narrowband IoT Guard band data session in the United States.

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Engineers from Verizon and Ericsson complete their first successful Narrowband IoT Guard Band data session in Westlake, TX.
 
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Sameer Farooqi - Verizon 

Blizzard of snaps, streams and shares forecast for Super Bowl LII

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Verizon boosts network capacity by 500 percent in Minneapolis/Saint Paul for football fandom 

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A “blizzard” of data usage is in the forecast for Super Bowl LII. To ensure you can have the best experience at football’s biggest game, over the past two years, we’ve increased wireless data capacity by more than 500 percent, added LTE Advanced technology and permanent new infrastructure to the Verizon network in Minneapolis/Saint Paul. The permanent new network enhancements will boost performance in U.S. Bank Stadium and areas of anticipated high demand, including Super Bowl LIVE, Super Bowl Experience, popular tourist attractions, airports, hotels, venues and other special event locations throughout the Twin Cities area. 

Verizon’s network enhancements for you include: 
  • 24 new permanent cell sites 
  • 230+ permanent small cell sites 
  • Doubling of network capacity on Nicollet Mall with a new small cell/design solution inside new bus shelters
  • LTE Advanced features added to the 4G LTE network for greater capacity and faster peak data speeds
  • 48 percent more antennas added to Verizon’s Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at the Stadium in 2017
  • A new neutral host DAS system at Mall of America® boosting Verizon’s network capacity by 900 percent
  • A new neutral host DAS system at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport adding new 4G LTE coverage in tunnels, boosting Verizon’s network capacity throughout the airport by more than 1,000 percent 
“Minneapolis/Saint Paul is now a super-connected city with leading LTE Advanced network technology and the small cell densification necessary for next gen technologies,” said Nicola Palmer, Chief Network Engineer and Head of Wireless Networks, Verizon. “Whether you are attending Super Bowl festivities or will be visiting the Twin Cities in the future, we’ve added permanent enhancements so our network is built for future growth.” 
Verizon US Bank Stadium DAS Handrail Antenna

Handrail antennas in U.S. Bank Stadium

230+ small cells: target capacity where needed

If you are one of the one million visitors expected to enjoy the festivities in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Verizon’s small cells add the big capacity needed for more people to share their experiences. Small cells are designed to blend into the urban landscape, literally “hiding in plain sight” on street lights, traffic signals or utility poles, and provide 4G LTE coverage for a radius of approximately 1,000 feet.  Small cells bring the fiber connections and network “densification” needed to enable Smart Cities technology (like managing traffic flow) and the next generation network, 5G. As part of our Smart Communities work with the city of Minneapolis, we’ve also installed security cameras on street lights with our small cells in the downtown area to help the city ensure the best experience possible for fans and citizens. 

 

Super Bowl LIVE: unique bus shelter design 

For 10 days, Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis will be the site of the free football festival Super Bowl LIVE, presented by Verizon. In addition to small cells serving the downtown area, Verizon doubled network capacity by adding new small cells inside the bus transit shelters along the Mall. This unique design solution will provide more capacity for the anticipated crowds during Super Bowl LIVE and serve you along the bus transit routes in the future. 
 

U.S. Bank stadium: state-of-the-art DAS system

For game day, Verizon built a neutral host state-of-the-art network system when the new tech-advanced U.S. Bank stadium opened in 2016 for the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. We added 48 percent more antennas in 2017 with innovative design solutions exclusively for your connectivity, including drink rail, handrail and under the seat antennas. 
 
The capacity will be needed – wireless data usage inside at 2017 Vikings regular season home games was double the fan usage compared to the 2016 season. At last year’s Super Bowl game day, Verizon customers increased usage by 57 percent, consuming 11 terabytes of wireless data, with 45% of the stadium attendees using our network.
 
The stadium DAS system Verizon built is one of the largest in the U.S. and Verizon customers will be connected by more than 1,200 antennas distributed over more than 100 coverage zones. A similar outdoor stadium DAS provides coverage at the east entrance, light rail station and west plaza area. In the first indoor use at an NFL stadium, two Matsing Ball antennas (that appear like giant white disco balls) are installed 330 feet above the field on the ridge beam. They provide coverage by dividing the field into sectors, like slices of a pie, for Super Bowl photographers and staff, and for you at popular concerts with floor seating. 

 

Verizon US Bank Stadium Matsing Balls

Matsing Balls are a first in an NFL Stadium at U.S. Bank Stadium

Event ready throughout Twin Cities 

We improved coverage and capacity through DAS, in-building systems and small cells at 20 area hotels, team practice facilities and major highways serving the Twin Cities. A few key event locations include added capacity and coverage at the Minneapolis Convention Center – site of the NFL Experience and a new DAS system at the Minneapolis Armory concert venue. Capacity was also added at Xcel Energy Center/River Centre, Target Center, Mystic Lake’s new Convention Center, and numerous shopping malls including the Mall of America.®
 

Real-Time network monitoring

We will field our own team of network engineers before and during Super Bowl LII to monitor and manage the network in real-time both from a command center and in U.S. Bank Stadium.  Engineers equipped with special test equipment will be walking events throughout the week providing real-time data on network performance. These walk-testers provide the flexibility for us to respond quickly and ensure the best experience for you. 
 

LTE Advanced technology: greater capacity and speeds

Behind the scenes, Verizon’s network features the latest technology known as LTE Advanced that adds network capacity and increases speeds. The Minneapolis/Saint Paul area is one of the nearly 2,000 markets where Verizon has deployed carrier aggregation, and more than 560 markets with 4X4 MIMO and 256 QAM/64 QAM technologies. 

 

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For fans at Super Bowl LII, Verizon enhanced its wireless network with 500 percent more data capacity, LTE Advanced technology and permanent upgrades in Minneapolis/Saint Paul.

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One of Verizon’s small cells outside U.S. Bank stadium enhances wireless data capacity.

Verizon, Qualcomm, and Ericsson collaborate to trial latest Massive MIMO advancements, on the path to 5G

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IRVINE, CA – Verizon, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated extended their technology innovation leadership by completing the first successful FDD Massive MIMO trial with a fully compatible customer device. 
 
This achievement builds on the momentum from the deployment of FDD (Frequency Division Duplexing) Massive MIMO (Multiple Input – Multiple Output) on Verizon’s wireless network in Irvine, California. 
 
“We don’t wait for the future, we build it. And this is another great example of moving the industry forward,” says Nicola Palmer, Chief Network Engineer and Head of Wireless Networks, Verizon. “Massive MIMO is a critical component of our 4G LTE Advancements and will play an important role in 5G technology that will result in single digit latency and scalability in the billions of connections.”
 
In this trial, the three companies used the latest Ericsson Massive MIMO software and hardware on Verizon’s network, along with a mobile test device powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform with X20 LTE using TM9 (Transmission Mode 9). TM9 is an enhancement for consumer devices that will make them fully compatible with Massive MIMO, enabling a better experience.
 
Massive MIMO is a key technology component in the evolution towards 5G. It has the potential of greatly improving network capacity and the customer’s experience. To realize the gains, both the network and devices need to support new TM9 functionality which leverages advanced beamforming schemes between the network equipment and the mobile device. This will raise network spectral efficiency and customer speeds. 
 
Joe Glynn, vice president, business development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. says: “This milestone further demonstrates Qualcomm Technologies’ leadership and commitment to continually bring innovative technologies to consumers to improve their mobile experiences. We look forward to continuing our work with Verizon and Ericsson to push the limits of LTE while ushering in a world of 5G.”
 
Niklas Heuveldop, Head of Market Area North America, Ericsson, says: “Advanced Antenna Systems and Massive MIMO are key technology enablers for 5G, and 4G LTE service providers and end users will also benefit from the superior capacity and network performance these technologies enable. The latest trial is another important step in the collaboration we have with Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies to further evolve 4G and prepare the network for 5G.”
 
The Ericsson Massive MIMO portfolio is expected to be available next year, putting it well in line with commercial smartphones with the TM9 compatible chipset, which are expected to hit the markets in the first half of 2018.
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Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm extended their technology innovation leadership by completing the first successful FDD Massive MIMO trial with a fully compatible customer device.