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

Feb 23, 2016, 10:30 ET from Verizon

CHICAGO, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon customers in Illinois are enjoying all the benefits of the top performing wireless network in the state, as rated by the new Illinois 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 latest RootScore report rated the Verizon Illinois network No. 1 in five categories and tied for first in a sixth. In addition to overall performance, Verizon also was ranked first in reliability, speed data and call performance and tied for first in 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 tests conducted in  207 indoor location tests and across  7,035 miles in Illinois, from July through December 2015.

"We're pleased that the latest RootMetrics study ranks our network No. 1 outright in five of six categories in the state of Illinois," said Abby Knowles, executive director-network, Verizon. "We are laser-focused on optimizing our network with new technology, such as small cells in Chicago, to stay ahead of growing consumer and business needs."

Verizon continues to enhance its network in Illinois 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 No. 1 network in Chicago overall and for reliability, speed and data performance while sharing first in call and text 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 Awards including No. 1 at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and a tie for first at Midway International Airport.

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. Illinois, Chicago and O'Hare Airport and Midway 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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