Verizon Wireless announced that its 4G LTE network has been activated in 46 additional markets and expanded in 22 others to bring its total coverage to 304 markets, representing more than two-thirds of the U.S. population.
“Time and time again, third-party surveys affirm that the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network keeps its promise to provide customers with consistently reliable responsiveness, download and upload speeds, and greater availability in more places throughout the country than any competing network,” said Nicola Palmer, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. “Our aggressive 4G LTE network build-out is on track, providing our customers with the largest 4G LTE network in the United States – and the world – today. We are committed to cover more than 400 markets by the end of 2012. We will continue to expand and strengthen our 4G LTE network and plan to offer full nationwide coverage everywhere we have 3G coverage today, by the end of 2013.”
Verizon Wireless offers 24 4G LTE devices, including smartphones and tablets. Among the devices available are the Samsung Galaxy S III, (currently available online for pre-order), and the soon-to-be available Droid Incredible 4G LTE by HTC.
According to Verizon, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. When customers travel outside of 4G LTE coverage areas, devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, where available, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast.