Verizon Wireless Network Management System

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Thursday, 03 February 2011

Verizon Wireless Network Management System

Verizon Wireless has released a PDF containing information about a new network management and throttling system today. Verizon stated "As part of our continuing efforts to provide the best experience to our more than 94 million customers, Verizon Wireless is introducing two new network management practices". The new technologies include network optimization and transcoding technology designed to transmit data files more efficiently, which allows them to improve network capacity. The techniques will include caching less data, using less capacity and sizing video's for the appropriate device. You can view all the network optimization details here - Click to view Verizon Network Optimization Details      

This new network management system will only affect customers that subscribe to a data plan or feature on February 3, 2011 or after. This will only effect users that consume an "extra extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5% of Verizon Wireless data users, we may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand"according to Verizon. This is designed to ensure that the other 95% of customers have a fast reliable user experience.

There hasn't been any indication of what Verizon deems "extraordinary" and it seems this will only smartphone users at this time. We suspect that these new network management features are preparation for the upcoming Verizon iPhone 4. At this time users with wireless modems like the Pantech UML290 and MiFi 2200 shouldn't have anything to worry about. However, we do wonder what the implications would be if they eventually include wireless modems into this clause and continue to bill users overage charges. Perhaps Verizon is planning something new for 4G network management as they expand LTE coverage throughout 2011. We're sure customers would rather see a reduction in performance after a certain limit is reached, rather than being charged $10 per GB in overage charges.

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