Verizon this morning acknowledged that its 4G LTE network was not working for users across the U.S. after reports trickled in overnight about a nationwide outage.
In an update posted through its official Twitter account, Verizon Wireless acknowledged that it was "aware of an issue with 4G LTE connections" and said that its "network engineers are working to resolve quickly."
Verizon's update came hours after reports began surfacing on tech news sites such asEngadget that 4G connectivity had been knocked offline nationwide. Engadget's Vlad Savov reported that when he tried to connect to the LTE network with an HTC Thunderbolt in San Francisco this morning, the phone could only latch onto Verizon's 3G EV-DO Rev. A network. Multiple LTE users also registered problems they were having over Twitter.
The outage marks the first major issue for Verizon's LTE network, which came on line in December. The carrier's network has so far proven to be the fastest wireless data network in the U.S., as initial tests showed data downloads frequently topping 10Mbps in most major markets, although these tests were run when the network just started and didn't have much congestion. A test released in March by PC Worldshowed that Verizon's LTE laptop air cards provided average download speeds of 6.5Mbps and average upload speeds of 5Mbps.