US mobile giant Verizon Wireless has announced that it has extended coverage of its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to five new markets, as of today, with Glen Falls and Utica (both New York), Lawton (Oklahoma) and Brownsville and McAllen (both Texas) all now benefiting from the cellco’s 4G connectivity. In addition, Verizon says that it has extended its LTE coverage in Atlanta, Georgia; Houston, Texas and Spokane, Washington. The latest rollouts mean that Verizon now has an LTE presence in 195 markets, covering more than 200 million people. David Small, chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless, commented: ‘As we enter 2012, Verizon’s 4G LTE network remains the largest by far in the United States, and we continue to grow the network and bring Verizon’s unparalleled 4G LTE services to more and more people’.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Verizon launched its LTE network on 5 December 2010, going live in 38 cities and 60 commercial airports, with coverage of more than 110 million people; nationwide coverage – ‘comparable to the current 3G coverage’ – is planned for 2013.