Verizon's LTE Blitz Reaches Two-Thirds of US

Verizon Wireless is going on a 4G rampage, bringing its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to 27 new markets and expanding in 44 existing ones this week to increasing its coverage to two-thirds of the U.S.

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

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:36:11 PM
re: Verizon's LTE Blitz Reaches Two-Thirds of US

That's pretty amazing when you consider Verizon has basically done this in a couple of years. Clear that AT&T and Sprint have learnt lessons from this rapid deployment too.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:36:11 PM
re: Verizon's LTE Blitz Reaches Two-Thirds of US

Good point. That is something Sprint said a few times too - that they've learned from Verizon's deployment and their own WiMax one, so they expect working out things like call handoff to be easier this time around.

joanengebretson 12/5/2012 | 5:35:56 PM
re: Verizon's LTE Blitz Reaches Two-Thirds of US

When 700 MHz spectrum became available for mobile broadband, there was a lot of talk about its great propagation characteristics and the fact that in more sparsely populated areas you wouldn't need as many towers as you would at some other frequencies.

Perhaps that's why Verizon was able to do its build so quickly. Undoubtedly they were able to leverage a lot of existing infrastructure too (towers, etc.)


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