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Verizon Adds 19 New 4G LTE Markets

Verizon Wireless is launching its faster 4G LTE service in 19 new towns and cities in the U.S. this Thursday and expanding the reach of the networks already deployed in Detroit and San Francisco.

Verizon said Monday that Long Term Evolution (LTE) will be ready for prime time this week in these markets:

    Fresno and Sacramento, Calif.
    Hartford, Conn.
    Boise, Idaho
    Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Ind.
    Flint, Grand Rapids and Lansing, Mich.
    Dayton, Ohio
    Erie, Harrisburg and State College, Pa.
    Greenville-Spartanburg S.C.
    Sioux Falls, S.D.
    Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah
    Spokane, Wash.
    Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.

Users can expect downloads at speeds of 5 Mbit/s to 12 Mbit/s from the new network.

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.)

For More
Read all about Verizon's 4G push below:

  • Verizon Charges Up 2nd LTE Smartphone
  • AT&T's LTE Tests: The Lab Is Not the Real World
  • Verizon Speeds Up LTE Expansion
  • Verizon Sets More LTE Launches
  • Thunderbolt & Sidekick Saddle Up for 4G
  • Verizon Confirms a Thursday Thunderbolt Strike
  • When Will Thunder Strike Verizon?

    — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

  • DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:01:57 PM
    re: Verizon Adds 19 New 4G LTE Markets

    Sprint had the 4G lead -- one of the rare technical advantages it has ever had -- and now Verizon is eating that advantage away city by city. 


    Sprint does still have a very competitive data/voice bundle to offer, but I wonder if that will be enough when its competitors show up with faster, better 4G networks.

    joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:01:55 PM
    re: Verizon Adds 19 New 4G LTE Markets

    I doubt it, not when the first LTE iPhone or LTE Blackberries arrive.

    DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:01:53 PM
    re: Verizon Adds 19 New 4G LTE Markets

    That's a good point. Given that the mobile industry in N. America is so device-driven I suppose it'll be up to Apple and/or RIM to decide when we see the first real massive shift to 4G services.

    joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:01:52 PM
    re: Verizon Adds 19 New 4G LTE Markets

    I figure that Sprint has a six to nine window to jazz up its 4G strategy before the LTE iPhone arrives -- or at least is expected to arrive so that people hold off buying another gizmo.


     


    Unlimited data has to be part of that equation for me. Even if Sprint is hinting they might think about caps.


     


    Otherwise, I don't really see what choice they have other than throwing their lot in Clearwire and doing LTE on multi-modal infrastructure. Probably not an option that fills Sprint's top brass with joy but the LightSquared approach looks even more fraught with doubt.

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