Verizon said Monday that Long Term Evolution (LTE) will be ready for prime time this week in these markets:
Fresno and Sacramento, Calif.
Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Ind.
Flint, Grand Rapids and Lansing, Mich.
Erie, Harrisburg and State College, Pa.
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah
Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.
Why this matters Verizon's new LTE towns and cities are significant because the operator's 4G market footprint now matches the WiMax deployment used by Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S). Sprint's 4G partner, Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR), says it has WiMax in over 70 cities in the U.S. today. Verizon is likely to overtake Sprint soon as it says it will have LTE in over 170 cities by year's end. (See Sprint CEO: More LTE Info Coming This Summer.)
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), meanwhile, plans to launch LTE this summer. It will be in 15 cities by year's end. (See AT&T Building Islands of LTE in 2011.)
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