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Verizon still shy on cause of 4G outage

updated 11:45 am EDT, Thu May 12, 2011

Verizon short on network outage details

At the Business Innovation Forum in California on Wednesday, Verizon Wireless executive director of LTE didn't provide any direct reasons for the network's outage late in April. When pressed, Brian Higgins told the audience Verizon took steps to ensure the problem won't reoccur, but did not provide any details on why it happened or which of its vendors is to blame, ConnectedPlanet wrote on Wednesday. The company's 3G and LTE networks went out for 24 hours across the US.

"Certainly there are going to be some lessons learned," Higgins said. "We're going to make some adjustments, and some of those adjustments have already been made."

The forum was hosted by Ericsson and the company's North America VP of strategy and market development Arun Bhikshesvaran accompanied Higgins on the stage during his address. Ericsson provides radio access network for Verizon's LTE network, but as the outage wasn't relegated to just the high-speed network, it is likely the problem lies higher in the network.

Other Verizon Wireless partners include Cisco, which provides the common packet data network gateways, as well as Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks, which supply parts of the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture for the entire network.




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