Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest wireless service provider, says it has restored service on its fourth-generation LTE network after a morning distruption, the third such issue in as many months.
“LTE service is fully restored,” said Tom Pica, a Verizon Wireless spokesman. The company started receiving service complaints at about 6:30 a.m. New York time, said Pica, adding that 3G service, as well as calls and texts were not affected.
Customers in Arizona, Wisconsin and California reported on Verizon’s 4G long-term-evolution or LTE community online forum that disruptions in service began early today.
Verizon Wireless, co-owned by Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC, had two similar LTE outages in December, with service disruption lasting a full day on the first occasion and several hours on the second.
The Basking Ridge, New Jersey-based company hasn’t specified the cause of the latest LTE problems.
Verizon Wireless was the first U.S. carrier to offer LTE service nationally. Rival AT&T Inc. is currently rolling out the service, which is now available in 26 cities, and plans to be nationwide by the end of 2013.