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If you haven't already been touched by Verizon's stupid-fast 4G LTE network, then tomorrow may be the day. Big Red will flip the switch on seven new markets, including:

  • Dothan and Enterprise, AL
  • Naples, FL
  • Greenville, NC
  • Altus and Durant, OK
  • Longview/Marshall, TX

Also on its quest for world domination (at least on the cellular level), VZW will expand its LTE market in 17 existing markets:

  • Washington D.C.
  • Elkhart, IN
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Columbus, MS
  • Northern NJ
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Duncan, OK
  • Allentown/Bethlehem, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Scranton/Wilkes Barre, PA
  • Hilton Head, SC
  • Cleveland, TN
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
  • Kenosha, Madison, and Milwaukee, WI

This puts Verizon at a little over 200 markets (203 to be exact), and it shows no plans of slowing any time soon. In fact, it plans to double its LTE markets by the end of 2012.

P.S. - Verizon, I'm still waiting. Hurry up, please.

VERIZON TO LAUNCH ITS 200TH 4G LTE MARKET ON MARCH 15

Company Plans to Double 4G LTE Markets by End of 2012; Offers the Widest Array of Popular 4G LTE Devices, Including Tablets and Smartphones

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless, owner of the nation’s fastest 4G network, today announced its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network will cover 203 markets on March 15 when it launches service in seven new markets and expands in 17 markets across the United States.  Following the launches on March 15, including the 200th market in Dothan, Ala., customers on the nation’s largest 4G LTE network can take advantage of the speed and connectivity with more than 20 4G LTE devices, including tablets and smartphones.

Verizon Wireless plans to more than double the number of its 4G LTE markets, bringing the total markets to more than 400, by the end of the year.  With the additional new markets and continued expansions, the company’s 4G LTE network will cover more than 260 million people in the United States by the end of 2012.

“Our plans to double our 4G LTE network coverage from the end of 2011 to the end of 2012 align with the aggressive and rapid deployment strategy we have taken with our 4G LTE network,” said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless.  “Our commitment to expanding and enhancing our 4G LTE network is enabling more customers across the country to enjoy the benefits of the most popular wireless devices.  We will continue investing in our 4G LTE network and working with key partners to ensure our customers have access to the best products and services available.”

On Thursday, March 15, the company will introduce its 4G LTE network in Dothan and Enterprise, Ala.; Naples, Fla.; Greenville, N.C.; Altus and Durant, Okla.; and Longview/Marshall, Texas.  The company will also expand its 4G LTE network in Washington, D.C.; Elkhart, Ind.; Baltimore, Md.; Columbus, Miss.; Northern N.J.; Wilmington, N.C.; Duncan, Okla.; Allentown/Bethlehem, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Pa.; Hilton Head, S.C.; Cleveland, Tenn.; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; and Kenosha, Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.

4G LTE Speed

In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 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, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast.  Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their area or when they travel to areas already covered by 4G LTE.

4G LTE Markets

On March 15, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will be available in 203 markets.  Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for a full list of 4G LTE markets and additional information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

Cameron Summerson
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  • Anita

    Hooray!! Now I can hit my data cap faster!!

  • polarbehr

    The Dothan and Enterprise market will actually cover several smaller towns as well. Total coverage should be in the 200k range. Not bad for rural Alabama.

  • Jake Weisz

    I'm wondering when their coverage map will go from a layer of 3G and dots representing 4G areas, to an actual 4G coverage layer.

    • Mike

      I agree, Jake...that 3G coverage map they used to tout and make fun of AT&T with, I'd like to see the 4G/3G version of that.

      However, if you go here:
      http://network4g.verizonwireless.com/#/coverage

      You can type in an actual address and click "AM I Covered?" and a local map that you can zoom in and out appears and does show the color shading differential bewteen 4G and 3G areas.

  • Havocoid

    Allentown/Bethlehem, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Scranton... Son of bitch, All around my city... Both Allentown and Philly are only a hour from my way...lol And Allentown ant no bigger of a market then my city...

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