Verizon has informed about its deployment of the large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon, detailed the company’s 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.
In a related development, last month, wireless communications company MetroPCS Communications claimed that it has become the first mobile operator to launch commercial 4G LTE services in the United States, offering talk, text and 4G Web access starting at $55 per month. (Read: Here Comes ‘World’s First’ 4G LTE Phone)
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.”
The metropolitan areas for the initial launch 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
Enterprise users, businesses and individuals can use Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network this year. While the network promises much more than speed, the first application gives employees the ability to work at significantly faster speeds and improved latency, increasing productivity and the opportunity to get work done where their business takes them, says the company.
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 supposed to be significantly faster than Verizon Wireless and other wireless providers’ current or promised 3G network speeds.
The announcement was made Wednesday, Oct. 6.