Verizon has announced that its 4G LTE network is rolling out to 110 million Americans by the end of the year.
Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon, detailed the company’s major network launch in 38 major metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 million Americans, by the end of the year. In addition, the company is launching 4G LTE in more than 60 commercial airports coast to coast – both the airports within the launch areas plus airports in other key cities.
McAdam said, “We are driven by the vision to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband connectivity and mobility to rural and urban Americans alike. With our initial 4G LTE launch, we will immediately reach more than one-third of all Americans where they live, right from the start. And, we will quickly introduce 4G LTE throughout the Verizon coverage area.”
McAdam highlighted the metropolitan areas for the initial launch, which include:
● Large sections of the Northeast Corridor, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. as well as Rochester, New York
● Throughout Miami and south Florida, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and New Orleans as well as Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee
● Chicagoland, St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Pittsburgh and major cities in Ohio
● Major population centers in California as well as Seattle, Phoenix, Denver and Las Vegas
Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments. These speeds are significantly faster than Verizon Wireless and other wireless providers' current or promised 3G network speeds.
Interestingly, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg speaking to investors at a Goldman Sachs conference discussed the possibility of getting the iPhone for its 4G network. At that point in time it was thought that Verizon's 4G network would be rolled out in 2011 or 2012.
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