Verizon Wireless has announced that it has rolled out its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to 15 additional cities, with coverage also expanded in a further ten cities, bringing the so-called fourth-generation (4G) technology to more than 160 million Americans across 117 cities – more than half the US population. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Verizon launched its LTE network on 5 December 2010, going live in 38 cities and 60 commercial airports and offering coverage of more than 110 million people at launch; nationwide coverage – ‘comparable to the current 3G coverage’ – is planned for 2013.
David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless, commented: ‘In eight short months we have introduced our 4G LTE network to more than half of the US population, while continuing to offer the nation’s most reliable 3G network coast to coast. This matters to millions of Americans because they can take advantage of faster 4G LTE speeds both at home and when they travel throughout the country – today and in many more markets to come this year. Each new market and expansion is significant as it brings us closer to delivering on the promise to bring our 4G LTE network to more than 185 million Americans by the end of 2011.’
As of this week, Verizon’s LTE network is available in Tucson (Arizona); Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers (all Arkansas); Bakersfield, Salinas, Monterey, Seaside (all California); Fort Collins (Colorado); Frederick (Maryland); Worcester (Massachusetts); Omaha (Nebraska); Council Bluffs (Iowa); Albany, Ithaca and Syracuse (all New York); Altoona and Johnstown (both Pennsylvania); Memphis (Tennessee); and Provo (Utah).