Verizon says that it is firing up LTE in 16 new locations in Arizona, Iowa, Nebraska and New Mexico on Thursday. Verizon promises average downloads of 12 Mbit/s to 15 Mbit/s on the new network, although the throughput can be higher than that range in certain markets. (See Top Five 4G LTE Cities in the US and The Best 3G & 4G Cities in America.)
The network is coming to these markets and some surrounding areas on Dec. 20:
- Casa Grande, Ariz.
- Flagstaff, Prescott & Sedona, Ariz.
- Payson, Ariz.
- Saddlebrooke, Ariz.
- Marshalltown, Iowa
- Mason City & Charles City, Iowa
- Oskaloosa, Iowa
- Hastings & Kearney, Neb.
- McCook, Neb.
- Farmington & Gallup, N.M.
- Ruidoso, N.M.
Why this matters Verizon is way ahead of its U.S. rivals in deploying LTE, with 470 markets going live with the additions this week. LTE is a key selling point for Verizon as it plans to complete its initial rollout by the middle of next year.
- Verizon: Rivals Can't Match Our 4G Reach
- Verizon Sells 4.5M 4G LTE Devices in Q3
- MobileCON 2012: Verizon Beats 2012 4G Target
- AT&T: 7 Up for LTE 4G
- AT&T: Why Our LTE Is Better
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile