Verizon Wireless is rolling full steam ahead on 4G LTE deployments, with plans on Thursday to activate its super-fast network in 27 new markets and expand coverage in 44 existing markets, the carrier announced.
Verizon Wireless is rolling full steam ahead on 4G LTE deployments, with plans on Thursday to activate its super-fast network in 27 new markets and expand coverage in 44 existing markets.
With Thursday’s expansion, Verizon’s LTE network will cover 230 markets, or more than two-thirds of the U.S. population, the carrier said. By the end of the year, Verizon aims to ramp up its total number of LTE markets to more than 400, reaching more than 260 million people. For more details about Verizon’s LTE expansion this Thursday, see below.
“We will continue to introduce new markets and expand covered markets to ensure even more wireless users across the United States can take advantage of the benefits that 4G LTE brings,” David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless, said in a statement. “This year represents a year of growth and investment in our 4G LTE network, which stands out by virtue of its superb combination of coverage, speed and the variety of devices that we offer customers.”
In December, Verizon celebrated the one-year anniversary of its 4G LTE network. PCMag gave the network high praise during our 2011 Fastest Mobile Networks test: “We found that Verizon’s new 4G LTE network is much faster than other mobile Web options, with speeds that often exceed home Internet connections,” PCMag analysts concluded.
In recent months, however, the network has experienced several instances of downtime, which Verizon attributed to “growing pains.”
When it comes to LTE coverage, Verizon still has a leg-up over rivals. AT&T’s newly emerging LTE network is currently available in 32 markets, and the carrier plans to double its coverage by the end of the year. Sprint said it will bring LTE in 10 cities by mid-year, while T-Mobile plans to upgrade to LTE in 2013.
Verizon’s LTE activations this Thursday will occur in the following locations: Auburn and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Pine Bluff, Siloam Springs and Van Buren, Ark.; Visalia/Porterville, Calif.; Fort Walton Beach and Ocala, Fla.; Brunswick, LaGrange, and Macon/Warner Robins, Ga.; Peoria, Ill.; Kokomo/Logansport and Marion, Ind.; Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend and Hays, Kan.; Salisbury, Md.; Cattaraugus/Allegany, N.Y.; Sandusky, Ohio; Ardmore and Ponca City, Okla.; Salem/Albany/Corvallis, Ore.; Pierre, S.D.; and Big Springs and Tyler, Texas.
The company will expand its network in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, Sacramento, Salinas/Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, and Stockton, Calif.; Colorado Springs and Fort Collins/Loveland, Colo.; Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.; Boise/Nampa, Idaho; Carbondale/Marion and Rockford, Ill.; Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Ind.; Des Moines, Iowa; Boston and Worcester, Mass.; Detroit, Mich.; St. Louis, Mo.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Manchester/Nashua, N.H.; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.; Buffalo/Niagara Falls and New York, N.Y.; Akron, Cleveland, and Columbus, Ohio; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Providence/Pawtucket, R.I.; Nashville, Tenn.; El Paso, Texas; Provo/Orem and Salt Lake City/Ogden, Utah; and Olympia/Centralia and Spokane, Wash.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag