The Basking Ridge, N.J.-based operator says that the network, which offers average download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbit/s, is now potentially accessible to more than 160 million Americans. The new markets include towns and cities in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Utah.
Why this matters Verizon is reminding the world that it is the LTE leader in the U.S. ahead of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s launch of its first five cities using the 4G technology, which is expected soon. (See AT&T LTE Network 'Coming Soon'.) Verizon is now expecting to cover 185 million by the end of the year. It has said it will match its 3G footprint with LTE by the end of 2013. (See Verizon Says LTE Will Match 3G Footprint in 2013.)
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- AT&T's LTE Tests: The Lab Is Not the Real World
- Verizon Speeds Up LTE Expansion
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- When Will Thunder Strike Verizon?
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile