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Verizon Plots 10 LTE Cities in West Virginia

Verizon Wireless has just added Charleston, W.V., to its already-announced 39-city deployment of Long Term Evolution (LTE) in 2010.

Verizon wireless CTO Tony Melone and local senator Jay Rockefeller plan to talk more about the deployment in a press conference next Wednesday. The operator plans to deploy LTE in 10 metro areas in West Virginia by 2013.

This news means that Verizon now expects to deploy LTE in 40 cities in the US, and more than 60 airports, by the end of 2010. Verizon announced 38 cities at the CTIA this month, said that a 39th (Detroit) was nearly ready to go, and has now added Charleston to that list. The operator can be expected to keep adding cities as it sorts out issues with interference and other problems at various sites. (See CTIA 2010: Verizon Ups LTE Launch to 38 Cities.)

Verizon is promising average data download rates of 5 to 12 Mbit/s on the 700MHz network. The network should launch with dongles and PC cards initially, with tablets and smartphones expected in the first half of 2011.

Low-cost prepaid player MetroPCS Inc. (NYSE: PCS) was the first out of the gate with LTE this September and has now launched in Vegas and Dallas, with Detroit on the way. Verizon, however, is plotting a much larger rollout, with around 100 million people covered by end of 2010. (See MetroPCS Saddles Up LTE in Dallas.)

Verizon, however, still hasn't said exactly when it will launch, although LR Mobile has heard that December is likely. (See Verizon Readies '4G' for December.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

bbiswas 12/5/2012 | 4:20:38 PM
re: Verizon Plots 10 LTE Cities in West Virginia

Does any one know further details about when Verrizon will start its LTE service in the Boston area ? And how to contact Verizon to be a part of the trial.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:20:29 PM
re: Verizon Plots 10 LTE Cities in West Virginia

I'm guessing that Boston will be one of the first markets to go live. So that probably means either mid-November or early December. They've already done some tests in Boston but I don't specifically know how to get to be part of the friendly trial.

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