With expansion in 38 markets this week, Verizon's 4G LTE network now covers three-quarters of America's population.
Network operator Verizon Wireless announced
the expansion of its 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) data network to 34 new
markets and expands in 38 other markets this week, bringing the company's total
coverage area up to 75 percent of the population in the United States.
The new markets that launched Aug. 16 include
cities stretching from California to Massachusetts, while cities like Santa
Barbara, Calif., saw their 4G coverage expanded. Network coverage expanded in other
major cities such as New York, Salt Lake City, Boston, Cincinnati and Chicago.
Following this week's market launches and
expansions, the network will be available to customers in 371 markets across
the country. The company's 4G LTE network offers download speeds 10 times
faster than before, according to a Verizon press release, and consumers have a
range of tablets, mobile hotspots and smartphones that are 4G LTE-compatible,
including the popular Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC's Droid Incredible 4G LTE,
both running Google's Android operating system.
For customers new to 4G LTE or looking to
purchase a 4G LTE device, Verizon offers workshops online and in select stores
about the network, as well as information on the basic and advanced features of
connected devices. Verizon is also reaching out to customers in areas where
Internet options are limited or are not currently available through HomeFusion
Broadband, a platform that leverages the 4G LTE network to deliver high-speed,
in-home Internet access for residential broadband.
LTE technology provides lower latency-the processing
time it takes to move data through a network-which helps improve services like
mobile gaming, two-way video calling and telemedicine. LTE also uses spectrum
more efficiently than other technologies, which creates more space to carry
data traffic and services and to deliver a faster network experience.
"Our 4G LTE network is currently in more
markets than all other U.S. wireless providers combined, and our team is
continuing to expand the network so that more customers across the nation can
take advantage of 4G LTE speed and capabilities," Nicola Palmer, chief
technical officer of Verizon Wireless, said in a company statement. "We
are ahead of schedule with our 4G LTE market rollout and will provide 4G LTE
network coverage to more than 400 markets in the near future."
Rival carrier AT&T, which trails Verizon
in 4G coverage, also announced this week that it had deployed 4G coverage to
Waco, Texas, and communities across northwest Arkansas. The company's coverage
extends to 53 markets and more than 30,000 hotspots across the U.S. Over the
past five years, AT&T has invested more than $115 billion into operations
and into acquiring spectrum and other assets for its networks.
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.