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Naval Base Coronado and Verizon celebrate small-cell deployment

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Mission-critical partnership expands tactical and public safety operations, improves on-base connectivity

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CORONADO, CA – Our military and first responders need reliable, secure connectivity. That is why Verizon and Naval Base Coronado are proud to announce the installation of a new wireless small-cell deployment at Naval Air Station North Island, Naval Amphibious Base and San Clemente Island. This mission-critical communications partnership expands capabilities for tactical and public safety operations, and improves connectivity for on-base tenant commands and residents.

“This is a great step in the evolution of mission-critical communications on-base,” said Captain Timothy Slentz, commanding officer, Naval Air Station North Island. “Through this partnership, we are building a more responsive, agile and secure network that will help meet our communications needs, even as technology continues to advance.”

The Verizon design provides a dedicated cellular network for day-to-day operations as well as emergencies. Naval Base Coronado is one of the first naval installations in the region to lay the groundwork for Verizon 4G LTE small-cell wireless technology, which will help enable future 5G technologies for Smart Shore Initiatives. 

“With decades of experience working with military and federal agencies, Verizon is uniquely positioned to partner with the Navy to build a network infrastructure that meets its critical needs,” said Mike Maiorana, senior vice president, public sector, Verizon. “This investment further solidifies Verizon’s commitment to the mission needs of the Navy.”

Verizon powers the nation’s largest 4G LTE network, covering more than 2.5 million square miles and more than 98 percent of Americans with a more than 450,000 square mile coverage advantage over the nearest competitor. Since 2000, Verizon has invested more than $145 billion in its network. Verizon is a leader in wireless innovation and we will continue to bring that innovation to address the challenges that our military, government, public safety agencies and first responders face every day.

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San Diego Mayor Faulconer & Verizon announce multi-million dollar agreement to accelerate small cell, fiber and smart city deployments

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San Diego and Verizon lay the groundwork for future 5G technology.

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San Diego – As part of his push to make the City of San Diego as innovative as the people it serves, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined by City Councilmember Chris Cate and Verizon executives today to announce a multi-million-dollar agreement that will accelerate the deployment of small-cell facilities to enhance wireless capacity and services.

The agreement also lays the groundwork for the future introduction of 5G next-generation technology that offers cutting-edge resources to enhance public safety and bolster San Diego’s economic competitiveness. 

“San Diego is a city of innovation with a long history of using groundbreaking technologies to make our city and the world a better place,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Working together with Verizon, this agreement is going to provide resources that will further enhance cellular service for residents, keep communities safer and lower costs for taxpayers. It’s a win-win for San Diegans.”

The new agreement will create a more connected and mobile-friendly city with expanded small cell infrastructure and a streamlined permitting process designed to get these technologies into communities faster and more efficiently. The state-of-the-art digital innovation coming to San Diego as part of this agreement will increase services to the public and expand smart city capabilities, without any increase in cost to taxpayers.

“We are continuously improving our industry-leading 4G LTE network, densifying it through small cells to better serve San Diego residents, businesses, first responders, and visitors today while also being foundational to the future deployment of 5G network technology here, and we're delighted to work closely with Mayor Faulconer and the City Council to make San Diego a leading connected city of the future,” said Ed Chan, Verizon’s Senior Vice President of Engineering. "Together, we're creating a platform of innovation with the latest smart city technology, supporting the city's focus on creating a digitally inclusive and connected city that benefits all residents and businesses for decades to come.” 

As part of the agreement, the City and Verizon will work together to improve the city’s information technology infrastructure and public safety. Verizon will give 500 smartphones to the San Diego Police Department and 50 tablets to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department to improve department communication and connectivity. Verizon has also agreed to install advanced traffic data gathering and sensing technologies at five crash-prone intersections to help the City better assess vehicular patterns and traffic flow using data.

“San Diego is innovating, and we are accelerating. Ordinary is turning into extraordinary, and it's happening each and every day,” Councilmember Cate said. “From smart streetlights on Mira Mesa Boulevard to Weather Based Irrigation Controllers in Clairemont, innovation is shaping how we are living and working in District 6. San Diego’s partnership with Verizon will not only benefit San Diegans today, it will help all future generations.”

“The San Diego Police Department is excited about our partnership with Verizon,” said Police Chief David Nisleit. “Using their cutting-edge technology will allow us to carry out our mission of maintaining public safety by providing the highest-quality police services to all of our communities.”

Verizon will also perform an inventory of roughly 60,000 city-owned light poles to update and digitize the City’s catalogue of light pole information and provide improved wireless capabilities to residents. Finally, Verizon will deploy fiber and small cells to city-owned light poles. Small cells are compact wireless equipment that extend network coverage and increase network capacity for users. 

The City has agreed to work with Verizon to streamline its permitting processes to cut red tape, reduce review times and get these technologies installed faster. Under the terms of the agreement, the City will develop a master permit for the installation of digital fiber so that more users can get access to broadband capabilities. The agreement calls for more than $100 million in infrastructure investment and equipment deployment from Verizon.

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Verizon to launch RED HYDROGEN One – the world’s first holographic smartphone – on November 2

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Calling all content creators, entertainment and technology fans and anyone with a passion for what’s next. 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. RED HYDROGEN One will be available on November 2 for $53.95 a month for 24 months on Verizon device payment (0% APR; $1,295 retail price).

“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.”

HYDROGEN One is the world’s first holographic phone with 4-View technology; think 3D, but way better and without the glasses. Pair HYDROGEN One with a Verizon 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.

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.

RED will also launch the HYDROGEN network, an exclusive collection of channels with 4-View content. The HYDROGEN Network will feature 4-View videos of films and content by award-winning directors and producers, alongside independent content creators. In addition, RED is unveiling Leia Loft, an app store that will feature 4-View cutting edge games and apps created by top developers.

HYDROGEN One on the best unlimited network.

Your RED HYDROGEN One needs an unlimited network that can keep up with all the 4-View content you create and share. With Above Unlimited, you get 75 GB of premium 4G LTE data along with HD video streaming, 20 GB of 4G LTE mobile hotspot, 500 GB of Verizon Cloud storage, all for $60/line per month for four lines when you enroll in Auto Pay. And if you don’t need all of that, you can still mix and match three great unlimited plans – Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited – on your account to meet each of your family members’ needs.

RED HYDROGEN One will be available on Verizon in Black and Shadow. Get your HYDROGEN One starting November 2 for $53.95 per month for 24 months (0% APR; $1,295 retail price).

 

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Verizon unveils new connected body camera with Axon at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference

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Underscores decades-long commitment to meeting law enforcement’s needs

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ORLANDO, FL – Verizon, a leading innovator in public safety communications, has teamed with Axon, the global leader in connected law enforcement technologies, to bring increased connectivity to public safety solutions for the benefit of first responders and the communities they serve with Axon Body 3. The new body-worn camera featuring this connectivity was announced at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, which is underway in Orlando. 

"Public safety continues to work with Verizon because of a distinct track record of meeting public safety needs for decades," says Mike Maiorana, senior vice president for public sector, Verizon. "Working together with Axon only helps Verizon better support law enforcement officials with cutting-edge technology on the nation's largest and most reliable 4G LTE network." 

Axon’s first connected body camera, Axon Body 3, will feature real-time situational awareness with live streaming, gunshot detection and the ability to preview and upload critical evidence in real time from the field. The device will be connected through Verizon’s public safety private core, a software-defined network that intelligently manages traffic between commercial and public safety customers and serves as a platform for enhanced network access, secure applications, and value-added services.

“This relationship with Verizon is crucial for providing critical data communication services to Axon customers in the U.S.” says Axon CEO and founder, Rick Smith. “The wireless connectivity on the Axon Body 3 will help increase safety for officers with access to evidence in real time.”

The Axon Body 3 will connect securely on Verizon’s award winning network: the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network, covering more than 2.5 million square miles and more than 98% of Americans with a more than 450,000 square mile coverage advantage over the nearest competitor. Since 2000, Verizon has invested more than $126 billion in its network. Verizon is committed to supporting interoperability and open technology standards with other wireless providers who provide public safety products and solutions. 

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Verizon, Nokia and Qualcomm use LTE Advanced technology of six carrier aggregation to reach 1.45 Gbps

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Companies continue legacy of leadership, innovation by completing another US wireless industry first.

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NEW YORK, NY - To create the best 5G network it helps to have the best 4G network, and Verizon’s 4G LTE network just keeps getting better, setting the standard for innovation.  Verizon, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, recently reached peak data speeds of 1.45 gigabits per second (Gbps) on LTE in a live commercial environment using six channel carrier aggregation, a key LTE Advanced technology.

Carrier aggregation combines multiple channels of spectrum to provide greater efficiency for data sessions transmitting over wireless networks.  By using a combination of both licensed and shared spectrum, for the first time in the U.S. in a commercial environment the three companies combined six separate channels of spectrum.

“When we first launched our LTE network, we knew there would be a lot of room for innovation and to expand its capabilities. Eight years later, we continue our advancement of our 4G LTE network knowing our LTE network leadership is foundational for our evolution into 5G,” said Bill Stone, Vice President of Technology Planning and Development for Verizon.

The record-breaking speeds on 4G LTE were reached on Verizon’s network in New York using a combination of Verizon’s licensed PCS and AWS spectrum in conjunction with four carriers of LAA (License Assisted Access) spectrum.  The demonstration used Nokia’s AirScale base station and Qualcomm Technologies’ mobile test device powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon TM X24 LTE modem.

“By using the Nokia AirScale, which is designed for 5G, we have taken an important step on the road to 5G, both in terms of customer data rate experience and network infrastructure,” said Stephen Marino,

Senior Vice President, Verizon Account Team, Nokia.

“Qualcomm Technologies was first to introduce Gigabit LTE and LAA technologies into a commercial modem, and we continue to innovate with our latest Snapdragon X24 LTE modem capable of up to 2Gbps speeds,” said Joe Glynn, Vice President, Business Development, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.  “As we lead the way to 5G and collaborate with industry leaders to make it a commercial reality, it’s important we continue to innovate in LTE as it will be foundational in early 5G network deployments.”

The demonstration in New York also used LTE Advanced feature, 256 QAM (enabling the network to deliver more bits of data in each transmission) and 4x4 MIMO (using multiple antennas at the cell tower and in the device to minimize errors and optimize data speeds.)  In mid-2018, Verizon announced these technologies were available in over 1,100 markets nationwide. 

 

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Verizon’s wireless network named #1 for the 10th time in a row, according to RootMetrics by IHS Markit®

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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 10th consecutive time. According to RootMetrics’ new National RootScore® Report released today, Verizon was again unbeaten in every category including overall network performance, reliability, data, speed, call and text.

RootMetrics Overall Performance Graph

According to RootMetrics

  • “Verizon’s performance in our national testing remained outstanding and far stronger than that of any other carrier.”
  • “Verizon delivers another stellar performance - With far more State RootScore Awards than any other carrier, Verizon again led the way…”
  • “Verizon remained the top performer in our metro area testing, once again earning the highest total of metro area RootScore awards at 602.”
  • “Fast, faster, fastest: Verizon recorded median download speeds of 20 Mbps or faster in more markets (106) than any other network.” 

Widening the lead

“Our overwhelming lead over the competition has never been more important as we build for the future,” said Nicola Palmer, Chief Network Engineering Officer and Head of Wireless Networks at Verizon. “RootMetrics’ report not only confirms Verizon continues to deliver the nation’s best, most reliable wireless 4G LTE network, it also points to the significant gap between our network’s performance and all the others.”

  • Nationally, and in the majority of states and metro areas tested, Verizon was #1 in overall performance and reliability.
  • For network reliability, Verizon was unbeaten in 111 of the 125 metro areas tested (89%).
  • We were unbeaten in overall performance in 47 states (up from 45 in their last report).
  • We increased the number of markets in which our network delivered median download speeds of at least 20 Mbps from 71 to 106, the highest number of any carrier.

Our total number of state awards is more than double that of our next-closest competitor and eight times greater than another (259 to 32). In addition, our total awards increased by 10 since the previous report.

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

Nationwide, we are consistently recognized for providing a superior network experience by a wide range of independent third parties. According to the latest J.D. Power Wireless Network Quality Performance Study, Verizon ranked highest in all six regions and, for the 21st time in a row, received more awards than any other wireless provider.* Other third party recognition includes:

  • The largest 4G LTE footprint “by far” on the U.S. Interstate System in the recent Connectivity on Interstates Report by P3**
  • Best in video streaming, based on analysis of data collected nationally by Nielsen***
  • The best real-world download speeds according to Tutela****

Building the future

Verizon is leading the way with several recent technology firsts and the promise of much more to come.
 

  • 4G LTE Advanced: We’ve continued to aggressively deploy the latest 4G LTE Advanced technologies this year including; delivering the triple crown - 4X4 MIMO, 256 QAM and carrier aggregation to 1,100 markets. In combination, these three technologies provide significantly faster peak data speeds and capacity for our customers.
  • 5G: Verizon will be the first to launch wireless residential broadband services in four U.S. markets in 2018, including Sacramento, LA and Houston. At The Alley in NYC, home of Verizon’s 5G incubator in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, innovators are developing, refining and demonstrating ways 5G networks will change the ways we live, learn, work and play.

To learn more about the work our engineers are doing, check out these videos on why we’re Best For a Good Reason.

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Verizon continues industry-leading LTE Advanced network deployments

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BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Verizon continues to aggressively deploy the latest 4G LTE Advanced technologies that provide significantly faster peak data speeds and capacity for customers.

Verizon customers in more than 2,000 markets can access the benefits of carrier aggregation and those in 1,100 markets can access 4x4 MIMO (Massive Input, Massive Output) and 256 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) in addition to carrier aggregation. In combination, these three technologies drastically impact the capacity available for customers to use the Verizon network and the speed at which their data sessions are completed. 

These three advanced technologies hold the key to significantly greater efficiency/capacity gains and speed boosts on the LTE network.

  • Carrier aggregation combines discreet bands of spectrum so data can flow between the bands more efficiently.
  • 4x4 MIMO uses an increased number of antennas at the cell tower and on customers’ devices to minimize interference when transmitting data.
  • 256 QAM enables customers’ devices and the network to exchange information in larger amounts delivering more bits of data in each transmission.

“Our customers experience the largest LTE coverage in the country, unrivaled service reliability and the most consistently fast speeds in the industry,” said Nicola Palmer, Chief Network Engineering Officer and Head of Wireless Networks. “We’ve done this through customer-focused planning, disciplined engineering, and consistent, strategic investment, continuing to deploy LTE Advanced technologies.”

Industry Network Milestones

Verizon’s network engineers have achieved a number of industry milestones/firsts:

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Deep Ellum: evolving the neighborhood and our network

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Deep Ellum has come back to life in a big way.

But as the neighborhood evolves, our 4G LTE network has to as well.

That’s why we’re installing small cell antennas like this one, hidden in plain sight.

It will add capacity to a block and a half radius in an area that gets packed on the weekends.

So if you want to live stream a show, or order a car after a night out, you’ll have the service to do it.

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Mayor Liccardo announces agreement with Verizon to transform San Jose’s technology infrastructure

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Improved 4G LTE network, small cells and smart city applications will support the city’s commitment to innovation and the Mayor’s call for digital inclusion for all residents

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NEW YORK and SAN JOSE – San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo today announced the city and Verizon have agreed to terms on a deal to improve the city’s information technology (IT) infrastructure, and support a state-of-the-art, digitally connected community for businesses, residents and visitors. As part of this collaboration, Verizon intends to deploy fiber and install small cells, make significant monetary investments in the city’s Digital Inclusion Fund, and provide several smart city applications, focusing on traffic management. These investments by Verizon also lay the groundwork for the eventual introduction of 5G services. The San Jose city council will review the terms of this agreement at its scheduled June 26th meeting.

“Upgrading San Jose’s broadband infrastructure is key to building a smarter city, advancing our long term economic competitiveness, and connecting residents who lack access to affordable, high-quality internet service,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “I’d like to thank Verizon for this large investment towards improving service for our residents and businesses, and for their sizable contribution into our Digital Inclusion Fund. We are excited to work with Verizon to lay the foundation for future technology growth in San Jose and achieve our Smart City Vision.”

Verizon and San Jose will work together to improve the city’s IT infrastructure. This includes deploying fiber and attaching small cells to city-owned light poles. Small cells are compact wireless equipment that extend network coverage and increase network capacity to more users where they need it most. Additionally, Verizon plans to provide the city with three smart city solutions, focused on intersection safety, traffic data, and parking space management. These solutions are designed to provide the city with data to both improve motorist and pedestrian safety, and better manage and monitor parking. Verizon will also fund the provision of Verizon Connect services to the city’s vehicle fleet. Finally, Verizon will invest in the city’s Digital Inclusion Fund. This fund provides money and resources to expand internet access throughout the city and help ensure that all citizens benefit from technology improvements.

“We are continuously improving our 4G LTE network, densifying it to better serve San Jose residents, businesses and visitors. With this relationship, we'll provide smart city solutions that support city leaders’ desire to create a digitally inclusive and connected city that benefits all residents and businesses,” said Lauren Love-Wright, Vice President Network Engineering, Verizon. “We're delighted to work closely with Mayor Liccardo and the city council to make San Jose a model for the digitally connected city of the future.”

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Private safety private core: testing our response plans

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We're here simulating different kinds of emergencies and testing our response plans.

As a part of that, we're checking our Public Safety Private Core.

A portion of our 4G LTE network that separately handles traffic from emergency responders.

We also check our wireless network to ensure that this traffic is treated with a higher priority, so their communications get through.

And this is key, because when disasters like this happen, connectivity for first responders helps them save lives.

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