Verizon’s network not affected by iPhone surge

Posted In Apple news, iPhone, Verizon, Verizon iPhone - By Greg On Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 With 0 Comments

It looks like fears of Verizon’s network being slowed by the surge of iPhones can be put to rest, at least, for now.

A report has come today from Compuware Gomez, which is a web application performance firm, stating that in fact, Verizon’s network is handling the iPhone 4 well.

Compuware Gomez stated that Verizon’s network is seemingly unaffected by the [hundreds of] thousands of Data gobbling iPhone 4s that have recently launched on its network. Estimates report only about a four-tenths of one percent difference when browsing or loading web pages.

Compuware Gomez measured Verizon’s network performance during the first four days that the iPhone was officially available (between February 10th and 13th.) Wall Street analysts estimate 500,000+ Verizon iPhones were purchased during pre-sales, and another 70,000 – 100,000 customers switching from AT&T to Verizon. Compuware Gomez estimates that there are now between 500,000 – 700,000 iPhone users on Verizon’s network.

The only flaw in testing I see is that a majority of the 500,000 Verizon iPhones sold during presales were to existing Verizon customers, which would offset the serge in devices added, due to the fact that most of those existing customers likely stopped using their previous devices. So in reality the tests can only accurately reflect that an addition of 100,000 (approx.) devices (namely data burning iPhones) to Verizon’s network only slowed it four-tenths of a second during the first four days. I think that those numbers are pretty good, other than estimates of devices sold because I know for sure that many bloggers out there, purchased for testing reasons only, and intended to return promptly.

The future of Verizon’s network is still unclear however, because as more data-heavy smartphones come Verizon’s way, as well as more customers, I suspect that if a change is not made, the network will suffer greatly, but hey, I’m no professional in the field of network performance, so I could be wrong (but I’m usually not).

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