Verizon (s vz), with the launch of the Droid phone, is being either incredibly confident or amazingly arrogant about its network performance (I suppose it could also just think that the Droid phone won’t be a data-consuming blockbuster hit). Yesterday, Telephony Online quoted a Verizon regional data sales director as saying that it wasn’t planning any network overhaul to keep up with the Droid, that in fact Verizon welcomed the data deluge.
“We’re encouraging it,” said Arvin Singh, VZW director of data sales for the Illinois-Wisconsin region. “We’re anticipating the Droid will be a blockbuster, but we’re not adding any new backhaul or new EV-DO carriers for the launch. We’re not anticipating the network will take a hit on this.”
The comment story does a great job of highlighting the differences between AT&T’s (s T) and Verizon’s network, and underscores AT&T’s network problems that it experienced after folks began using their iPhones as Steve Jobs undoubtedly intended. With its “What me? Add backhaul?” attitude, Verizon clearly hopes that over time the experience using the Droid vs. the iPhone will also highlight the differences in the two carriers’ networks equally as well.