Verizon Wireless customers throughout eastern Missouri, including the greater St. Louis metro area, are benefiting from multiple recent network enhancements, the company announced. These improvements, which have been made to the existing XLTE and 4G LTE networks, include the addition of continuous AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) spectrum, dozens of new cell sites and multiple antenna improvements.
Verizon initiated the network improvements to areas of eastern Missouri, including the greater St. Louis area, in early in 2015 and will continue into early next year. Customers in more than 50 counties in Missouri and southern Illinois will notice data speeds up to two times faster. Major cities impacted by these improvements include the St. Louis metro area, Farmington, Cape Girardeau and Poplar Bluff in Missouri, and Carbondale, Marion and Mount Vernon in Illinois.
“We know our customers in the area expect the best wireless network experience and our recent network improvements prove that we are committed to delivering excellence,” said Brendan Fallis, president – Kansas/Missouri Region, Verizon Wireless.
Under a recent agreement with T-Mobile, Verizon is swapping 10 MHz of AWS spectrum in the eastern Missouri/St. Louis area. This transfer increases the amount of contiguous spectrum available, thereby improving network efficiency.
In August, Seattle-based RootMetrics® released its Missouri RootScore® Report, which named Verizon as the leader in overall wireless performance in the state for the fourth consecutive time. In addition to winning the Overall RootScore award in the state of Missouri, Verizon was also ranked first in speed and data. 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 Lambert – St. Louis International Airport.
Since 2000 when the company was formed, Verizon has invested more than $100 billion to improve and fortify its network, which covers 98% of the U.S. population. In Missouri, more than $101 million was invested into the Verizon Wireless network in 2014.