Verizon 4G wireless customers reported another 4G LTE outage on Wednesday but service has since been restored according to the carrier, who has suffered four mass outages nationwide over a span of three months.
According to Verizon Wireless spokesman Tom Pica, the Verizon 4G LTE outage was brief and quickly restored, though service is still spotty according to MSNBC.
The February outage reportedly started in New York around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Pica told MSNBC, and was limited to 4G service, not 3G or voice networks. The outage reportedly extended as far as Arizona, California and Wisconsin on Feb. 22.
VZW is investigating customer issues in connecting to the 4GLTE data network. 3G data, voice and text services are operating reliably, Verizon tweeted on Wednesday.
This is the fourth outage in three months for Verizon, who lost 4G service three times in December alone for a few hours at a time.
Vice President of networking engineering Mike Haberman said the carrier was improving its LTE network for bugs that could lead to an outage, as Big Red is known as the number one supplies for 4G phones.
We are by far the market leader in 4G LTE, which is now available in 195 markets covering more than 200 million POPs, with increasing customer awareness of its superior speeds, capabilities and new high-quality devices, CFO Fran Shammo said.
Verizon's 2011 four quarter earnings were its best ever for LTE device sales, selling 1.6 million LTE smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2011.