Verizon customers in Arkansas are the real winners in newest RootMetrics® wireless network performance report

Feb 23, 2016, 17:45 ET from Verizon

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/-- Verizon customers in Arkansas are enjoying all the benefits of the top performing wireless network in the state, as rated by the new Arkansas 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 fifth consecutive time Verizon won the Overall RootScore award in Arkansas.  Verizon also was ranked first in reliability, speed, data performance, call performance 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 44,719 drive and indoor tests, including 2,701 miles and 80 indoor locations in Arkansas, from July through December 2015.

"This recognition acknowledges our commitment to maintain a reliable network that our customers can count on," said Leo Perreault, executive director of network, South Central Market, Verizon Wireless. "Better matters, so we will continue to invest in our network in Arkansas to ensure Verizon customers have the best wireless experience there is to offer."  

Verizon continues to enhance its network in Arkansas 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. 

Verizon's innovative network solutions were recently highlighted in the San Francisco Bay Area. In Arkansas, improvements to stadium systems included major enhancements to the Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

In the Metro RootScore report series, Verizon also was rated highest in overall performance in Little Rock and ranked first for speed and data performance. Additionally, Verizon's wireless network was also recognized by RootMetrics as earning the most first place or shared first place rankings among the nation's top airports in the second half of 2015, with 25 Data RootScore.

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., Arkansas, Little Rock, and Airport 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 for more details

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