Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network will now include 27 new markets. The company's 4G efforts are barreling ahead, despite controversy regarding spectrum it's acquiring from SpectrumCo.
Verizon Wireless 4G Long-Term
Evolution network will go live in an additional 27 markets April 19, bringing
its total to 230 markets across the United States. By years end, Verizonwhich
out of the gate has led the nations LTE rolloutswill cover more than 400
markets and more than 260 million people.
To date, it offers more than 20
LTE-enabled devices that can take advantage of the networks speeds.
This year represents a year of growth
and investment in our 4G LTE network, Verizon CTO David Small said in a
statement, which stands out by virtue of its superb combination of coverage,
speed and the variety of devices that we offer customers. In the fall, that
lineup is expected to include an LTE-equipped Apple iPhonewhat some are
calling the iPhone 5.
the availability of bundled services with partner Time
Warner Cable; the latter will offer video, Internet and voice services in
combination with Verizon smartphones and tablets. The deal follows an agreement
Verizon signed with SpectrumCoa joint venture between Time Warner, Comcast and
Bright House networksin which, along with such bundling deals, the group will
sell Verizon spectrum that it says it needs for its 4G efforts.
Industry competitors have cried foul on
the details of the dealwhich have been intentionally opaque. Verizon left out
a good amount of sensitive information in a report it submitted to the Federal
Communications Committee, prompting Sprint, T-Mobile and others to ask the FCC
to force Verizon to offer more details about the agreement.
On March 22, a Senate subcommittee on
Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights questioned parties from both
sides about what has become an industry debate. T-Mobile
has also argued
that the deal will give Verizon an excessive
concentration of wireless spectruman asset that all carriers are at this
point trying to come by.
AT&T last year made a very
expensive, but ultimately unsuccessful, bid for T-Mobile. It wound up paying
T-Mobile nearly $4 billion for its trouble, along with a chunk of spectrum that
has revitalized T-Mobiles hopes for becoming a more viable competitor in the
United States. (While AT&T was trying to acquire it, T-Mobile told
regulators the deal was essentially its only hope, as it didnt have the funds
for an LTE network.)
In early April, T-Mobile and Leap
Wireless announced they were swapping some spectrum, in a move that would help
each with their respective 3G and 4G efforts. Verizon, shortly before its
SpectrumCo agreement, also purchased spectrum from Cox Wireless, which threw
down its card, declaring the wireless game too rich for its blood.
Federal regulators have yet to rule on
Verizons deal with the cable companies, making new bundles seem more likely,
at least for the time being.
On April 19, the markets with new
access to Verizons 4G LTE network will be: Auburn and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Pine
Bluff, Siloam Springs and Van Buren, Ark.; Visalia/Porterville, Calif.; Fort
Walton Beach and Ocala, Fla.; Brunswick, LaGrange and Macon/Warner Robins, Ga.;
Peoria, Ill.; Kokomo/Logansport and Marion, Ind.; Dodge City, Garden City,
Great Bend and Hays, Kansas; Salisbury, Md.; Cattaraugus/Allegany, N.Y.;
Sandusky, Ohio; Ardmore and Ponca City, Okla.; Salem/Albany/Corvallis, Ore.;
Pierre, S.D.; and Big Springs and Tyler, Texas.
Joining them later this year will be:
Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, Sacramento,
Salinas/Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and Stockton,
Calif.; Colorado Springs and Fort Collins/Loveland, Colo.; Sarasota/Bradenton,
Fla.; Boise/Nampa, Idaho; Carbondale/Marion and Rockford, Ill.; Fort Wayne and
Indianapolis, Ind.; Des Moines, Iowa; Boston and Worcester, Mass.; Detroit,
Mich.; St. Louis, Mo.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Manchester/Nashua, N.H.;
Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.; Buffalo/Niagara Falls and New York, N.Y.;
Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; Portland,
Ore.; Providence/Pawtucket, R.I.; Nashville, Tenn.; El Paso, Texas; Provo/Orem
and Salt Lake City/Ogden, Utah; and Olympia/Centralia and Spokane, Wash.