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Verizon Blankets Two-Thirds of Population in 4G

Verizon Wireless says that its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network will cover two-thirds of the U.S. population from this coming Thursday.

The operator is bringing its LTE service, which allows users to download videos and music and surf the Web at speeds of 5 to 12 Mbit/s, to 28 new markets and expanding it in 11 existing 4G cities.

On Thursday, May 17, Verizon Wireless will debut the faster data network in Houma/Thibodaux and Lake Charles, La.; Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Mich.; Biloxi/Gulfport/Pascagoula and Oxford, Miss.; Atlantic City/Toms River, N.J.; Dickinson and Williston, N.D.; Ashtabula, Bucyrus and Defiance, Ohio; Eugene/Springfield, Ore.; Lancaster, New Castle, Northern Cambria County, Oil City/Franklin, Somerset and York, Pa.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Mitchell, S.D.; Paris, Texas; Burlington/Northern, Vt.; Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Martinsville and Staunton/Waynesboro, Va.; and Sheridan, Wyo.

The operator is also adding 4G coverage to existing LTE markets in Denver, Colo.; Dover, Del.; Fort Myers and Lakeland, Fla.; Hagerstown, Md.; Canton, Lima, Mansfield, Toledo and Youngstown/Warren, Ohio; and Erie, Pa.

Verizon says this means its network is available in 258 cellular markets in the U.S. The operator is planning to have the network available in more than 400 markets, spanning 49 states, by the end of 2012.

Why this matters
All of the major carriers are trying to claim the largest or best "4G" network in the U.S. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), for instance, is advertising its "blended" service of some LTE cities with a larger high-speed packet access-plus (HSPA+) network to fall back on as "the nation's largest 4G network." (See What We Mean When We Say '4G' and 4G: Just a Marketing Term?)

LTE is the 4G technology that carriers across the U.S. -- and the world -- are all upgrading to, but Verizon can lay claim to the largest LTE footprint in the U.S. by far.

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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:33:02 PM
re: Verizon Blankets Two-Thirds of Population in 4G

Notice how they're filling in capacity in existing markets? Getting ready for the iPhone LTE and a boat-load more Samsung 4G devices in the fall.

gtchavan 12/5/2012 | 5:33:02 PM
re: Verizon Blankets Two-Thirds of Population in 4G

I must admit I was skeptical at the beginning, but they made a believer out of me.   Verizon is run by network professionals who actually care about their customers.

billsblots 12/5/2012 | 5:32:54 PM
re: Verizon Blankets Two-Thirds of Population in 4G

VZW really is.  LTE was not supposed to be here in my city until 2013, but by end of summer 2011 when my daughter visited with her 4G phone from Southern California she said she was picking up 4G all over central Virginia.  That's when I went ahead and got my 4G phone.  The speed is extremely good.  We have one spot in downtown Richmond, VA where I work that has slow days or reverts to 3G and bogs down.  90% of the rest of the area the downloads are amazing, streaming video live baseball games to the iPad 4G is crisp and sharp, as was hockey.


I can't imagine what they're investing to ramp up so fast in so many areas, but a lot of us are paying that $30/month for data.

acohn 12/5/2012 | 5:30:41 PM
re: Verizon Blankets Two-Thirds of Population in 4G

Weird how it covers "258" markets but the 125th largest metro area is not yet covered. Chuckj singing verizon's praises, you just got lucky.  If i blink while i am driving i miss seeing 3-4 verizon stores so it cannot be lack of customers.  Funny thing is that associates were telling me we would have 4G by 2012.  Here's hoping for 2013..   Actually here's hoping to wide spectrum wifi can get past the cellular monopolies so we can stick it to em!!!


 


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desiEngineer 12/5/2012 | 5:30:39 PM
re: Verizon Blankets Two-Thirds of Population in 4G

Clearly, Dan's still recovering from the weekend hangover :-)  Open acohn's wikipedia link, scroll down to metro area #125.  Reading, PA - ta-dah!


-desi

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:30:39 PM
re: Verizon Blankets Two-Thirds of Population in 4G

Which metro area?


 


 

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:30:39 PM
re: Verizon Blankets Two-Thirds of Population in 4G

Thanks!


I'll check with Verizon if they have plans to cover soon.

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