The carrier announced the deployment update in 28 different press releases on Tuesday, noting that its LTE network will reach 230 U.S. markets once it flips the switch on Thursday. Verizon is on track to cover 400 markets and 260 PoPs (potential customers) by the end of the year.
The new LTE markets include cities and small towns in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas. (See Where's Verizon's 4G Going Next?)
Why this matters
Recent speed tests have pegged AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s relatively unloaded LTE network as the faster one right now, but coverage is Verizon's biggest advantage. Comparatively, AT&T covers 74 million PoPs with LTE and plans to reach 150 million by the end of the year. Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), which won't launch LTE until mid-year, says it will cover 123 million PoPs by year's end.
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— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile