Verizon's 4G LTE Network Hit By Nation-Wide Outage

US mobile network Verizon has confirmed that it is suffering a nation-wide outage of its next-generation 4G 'Long Term Evolution' network, with users dropping back to 3G speeds - or losing data connectivity altogether.

Designed to offer a high-speed replacement for current third-generation (3G) networks, LTE networks are becoming popular in the US and are starting to appear in the UK. Verizon's issues, however, suggest that there are still kinks to be ironed out in the system.

"We're working to resolve some 4GLTE issues ASAP," the company confirmed in a statement to its customers. "Some customers report operating on 3G or no data. 3G data, calls, [and] texts unaffected."

Since the company's announcement ten hours ago, there has been little in the way of an update with customers reporting the problem is still ongoing.

Originally thought to be constrained to the company's network in the midwest region, the outage is now known to extend across the US. Areas not served by an LTE network and where only 3G or slower data services are available are not thought to be affected.

With LTE roll-outs beginning in the UK on a small scale, gadget enthusiasts will be hoping that the technology's apparent shortcomings are addressed sooner, rather than later.