Verizon & T-Mobile Expand Mobile Broadband

Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US Inc. have both announced that they are expanding their respective faster mobile broadband markets in the U.S., days after AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) said it will add six new cities to its modest Long Term Evolution (LTE) footprint.

Verizon currently has the largest 4G LTE footprint in the U.S. with 179 markets. The operator said Thursday that it will add 17 new LTE towns and cities this week.

The list of new areas with LTE service include Little Rock, Ark.; Savannah, Ga.; Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa; Lexington, Ky.; Starkville, Miss.; Kansas City, Springfield and Branson, Mo.; Lincoln, Neb.; Orange County, N.Y.; Greater Providence, R.I.; Rapid City, S.D.; Roanoke, Va., and Appleton/Oshkosh, Wisc.

Verizon is also going back and expanding LTE service in cities where it has already deployed some 4G radios. The LTE expansions are occurring in Louisville, Ky.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., and Pittsburgh, Pa.

T-Mobile, meanwhile, has been updating its high-speed packet access-plus (HSPA+) 3G footprint, marketed as "4G," steadily this year and now reaches 163 cities. The new T-Mobile HSPA+42 markets include Bend, Medford and Corvallis, Ore.; Benton Harbor, Mich.; Bloomington, Champaign-Urbana and Springfield, Ill.; Columbus, Ga.; Hagerstown, Md.; Montgomery, Ala., and Yuba City, Calif.

Why this matters
Verizon is continuing to push its lead in 4G LTE services over rival AT&T. T-Mobile, meanwhile, has little choice but to expand HSPA+ as its answer to LTE, no matter what happens with its proposed merger with AT&T.

The faster downloads may be useful for T-Mobile users checking out the brand new Google Music service. T-Mobile's Senior VP of Marketing Andrew Sherrard, said -- at the service's launch on Wednesday -- that mobile audio makes up 15 percent of the current downloads on its network. (See Google Makes Music With T-Mobile .)

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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

gtchavan 12/5/2012 | 4:48:34 PM
re: Verizon & T-Mobile Expand Mobile Broadband

Oh please, none of these turkeys in the US have LTE.  What LTE?   Where is the spending on backhaul, where is the spending on base stations, where are the nanocells where are the picocells and femtocells, where is 50meg bandwidth per user, where is the uninterrupted bandwidth?

Those Telco jerks can call their networks whatever they want but the technical folks here know what it takes alot more to have LTE.  From now lets call it what it is: Verison's alleged LTE, ATT's alleged LTE, etc.  We have already basterdized the term 4G but lets not basterdize the term LTE. 

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