Verizon turns on 28 additional 4G LTE markets and expands its 4G LTE network in eight cities on July 21.
Wireless is turning on its wireless network in 28 additional markets this week,
bringing the 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network to a total of 102 cities
across the country. Consumers and businesses can choose from nine 4G
devices-three smartphones, a tablet, two hotspots and three USB modems-to
connect to the network, the company noted.
new areas where Verizon's 4G LTE network will be available Thursday include
Decatur and Huntsville, Ala.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Lakeland and
Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.; Augusta, Ga.; Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului-Wailuku and
Lahaina, Hawaii; Carbondale, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Louisville, Ky.; Baton Rouge
and Hammond, La.; Springfield, Mass.; Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point and
Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Toledo, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Wilkes
Barre/Scranton, Pa.; Charleston, S.C.; Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tenn.;
Olympia and Tacoma, Wash; and Charleston, W.Va. The company is also
expanding its 4G LTE network in Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas,
Northern New Jersey, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Seattle.
Thursday, when we light up 28 additional 4G LTE markets, we will offer
consumers and businesses in 102 metropolitan areas the most advanced 4G wireless
network on the planet, while continuing to offer the nation's most reliable 3G
network coast to coast," said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon
Wireless. "In fewer than eight months we have introduced our 4G LTE network to
more than 100 markets, and we are continuing to aggressively expand our 4G LTE
network; by the end of 2013 we plan to bring 4G LTE mobile broadband to our
entire 3G coverage area."
devices include the LG's Revolution, Samsung's Droid Charge and HTC's ThunderBolt
smartphones; the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1; and the MiFi 4510L 4G LTE Mobile
Hotspot and Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot. Laptop users can access speeds up to
10 times faster than Verizon's 3G network with three USB modems from Novatel,
Pantech and LG. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE
users should experience average data rates of 5M to 12M bps on the downlink and
2M to 5M bps on the uplink, according to a company release.
customers travel outside of a 4G coverage area, the devices automatically
connect to Verizon's 3G network. Customers in 3G coverage areas today who
purchase 4G devices will be able to take advantage of 4G speeds when the faster
network becomes available in their areas. The company's 700MHz spectrum gives
Verizon specific advantages with 4G, including a contiguous, nationwide network
company is also working with rural communications companies to collaboratively
build and operate a 4G network in those areas using the tower and backhaul
assets of the rural company and Verizon's core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700MHz
spectrum. So far, 10 rural companies have announced their participation in the
LTE in Rural America program and have leased spectrum covering, in total, more
than 2.1 million people in rural communities and nearly 62,000 square miles.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.