MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon customers in Minnesota are enjoying all of the benefits of America's most reliable network, according to the Minnesota RootScore® Report, conducted by Seattle-based RootMetrics. Additionally, this marks the fourth consecutive time Verizon's wireless network has been acknowledged as the leader in overall performance among national wireless service providers in the U.S.
Scores are based on RootMetrics testing performed from January through June 2015. The company evaluated all four U.S. wireless providers in six network performance categories: overall, reliability, speed, data, call, and text performance.
Among the four major wireless carriers, Verizon won the Overall RootScore award in the state of Minnesota for the fourth consecutive time, scoring 97.7. Verizon also was ranked 1st in reliability, speed and data performance and tied for 1st in call and text performance.
RootMetrics uses scientific methods to conduct their rigorous testing regimen, based on where people actually use their mobile devices. Using off-the-shelf, unaltered smartphones, RootMetrics staff drove 4,100 miles on and included 109 indoor locations to measure and analyze key performance indicators which provide an unbiased characterization of network attributes in the state of Minnesota.
"Customers value the consistent reliability and overall performance of our 4G LTE network so they can stay connected across the state," said Seamus Hyland, president – Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. "In Minnesota our network enhancements have included new technology such as small cells, distributed antenna systems as well as XLTE, which uses Verizon's AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) spectrum to double 4G LTE bandwidth where it's needed."
In July, Verizon's wireless network was also recognized by RootMetrics as earning the most 1st place rankings among the nation's top airports in the first half of 2015, with 29 Data RootScore Awards including Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport.
Verizon invested more than $10 billion in 2014 to improve and fortify its nationwide network which covers 98% of the U.S. population.
About RootMetrics Rankings
Network rankings based on RootMetrics US National, State, Airport RootScore Reports, covering January– June 2015. Performance rankings of 4 mobile networks rely on scores calculated from random samples 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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