BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon customers in Alabama are enjoying all the benefits of the top performing wireless network in the state, as rated by the new Alabama RootScore® Report by RootMetrics. RootMetrics is an independent mobile analytics firm that uses off-the-shelf consumer smartphones to test the network capabilities of all four major U.S. wireless carriers in six network performance categories across various geographies.
This marks the second consecutive time Verizon won the Overall RootScore award in Alabama. Verizon also was ranked first in reliability, data, call and text performance. Additionally, for the fifth consecutive time, Verizon's wireless network has been acknowledged by RootMetrics as the leader in overall performance among national wireless service providers across the U.S. Scores are based on RootMetrics drive and 57,925 total tests, including 115 indoor tests and 3,682 miles in Alabama, from July through December 2015.
"Verizon's top priority is our network, and we invest heavily in Alabama year in and year out to ensure our customers have the most reliable coverage across the state. Being recognized as the best overall network three consecutive times in Alabama by RootMetrics further validates our efforts and solidifies our position as the leading wireless carrier for customers," said Sergei Mislevy, executive director – Network for Verizon's Southeast market.
Verizon continues to enhance its network in Alabama by deploying new technology such as small cells and distributed antenna systems and expanding XLTE coverage, which doubles 4G LTE network bandwidth in cities nationwide, with faster peak speeds and greater capacity than before. In addition, Verizon has aggressively deployed LTE Advanced and carrier aggregation, which uses software to combine multiple network channels running on different spectrum bands into one big pipe, significantly increasing speeds for consumers.
In the Metro RootScore report series, Verizon also was rated highest overall performance in Birmingham, Ala. In Mobile, Ala., Verizon tied for highest overall performance, reliability, speed, call and text performance and was ranked first in data performance.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) employs a diverse workforce of 177,700 and generated nearly $132 billion in 2015 revenues. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide. Headquartered in New York, the company also provides communications and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.
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Rankings based on RootMetrics U.S. Alabama, Birmingham, Ala. and Mobile, Ala. RootScore Reports: 2H, 2015. 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.
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