Verizon Adds Nine New LTE Cities Today, Expansion for Many Others


Verizon gave us a heads up about this a few days ago, but there’s nothing like a nice press release to solidify things. They’ve just announced that nine new markets will be enjoying 4G LTE starting today. New cities include Mobile and Montgomery Ala.; Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn.; Gainesville, Pensacola and Tallahassee, Fla.; Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.; and Bryan-College Station and Temple-Killeen, Texas. Expansion cities include Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans and Philadelphia. Verizon is committed to bringing 4G LTE to nearly 150 markets by year’s end and to their entire 3G coverage area by 2013. Read on for full press details.

erizon Wireless Launches Nine New 4G LTE Markets Today and Expands 4G LTE Network in Five Major Cities

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Wireless is turning on the world’s most advanced wireless network in nine additional metropolitan areas today, as well as expanding the 4G LTE network in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans and Philadelphia. The wireless leader announced today the 4G LTE network is now available in Mobile and Montgomery Ala.; Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn.; Gainesville, Pensacola and Tallahassee, Fla.; Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.; and Bryan-College Station and Temple-Killeen, Texas.

David Small, chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless, noted, “We’re now offering consumers and businesses in 55 metropolitan areas the most advanced 4G wireless network on the planet, while continuing to offer the nation’s most reliable 3G network coast to coast. We plan to bring 4G LTE mobile broadband to our entire 3G coverage area by the end of 2013.”

Consumers can choose from several devices to access the blazingly fast speeds of the 4G LTE network, including the newly-launched DROID Charge by Samsung and ThunderBolt™ by HTC smartphones, MiFi® 4510L 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot and Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot. Laptop users can enjoy speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network with three USB modems from Novatel, Pantech and LG. 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 a 4G coverage area, the 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 network in the country, allowing customers with laptops and smartphones to download and use cool apps, from mobile social networking platforms to GPS-enabled maps. Customers can also can rapidly browse the Web to keep up with news, sports, stock quotes, Hollywood gossip and more, work on-the-go with fast file sharing and stream must-see video and customized radio stations. Customers in 3G coverage areas today who purchase 4G devices will be able to take advantage of 4G speeds when the faster network becomes available in their areas.

As the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy game-changing 4G LTE technology, Verizon Wireless is committed to building its 4G network with the same performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized. Verizon Wireless’ consistent focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year. The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G, including a contiguous, nationwide network license.

Verizon Wireless’ vision also includes bringing its 4G LTE network beyond major cities. The company is working with rural communications companies to collaboratively build and operate a 4G network in those areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless’ core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum. Already, 10 rural companies have signed on to leverage Verizon Wireless’ scale for infrastructure while keeping their customers on the cutting edge of technology, including Bluegrass Cellular, Cross Telephone, Pioneer Cellular, Cellcom, Thumb Cellular, Strata Networks, S&R Communications, Carolina West / Clear Stream, Custer Telephone Cooperative and Convergence Technologies.

While Verizon Wireless’ 3G network covers more than 290 million Americans, the company’s 4G LTE network is already available in 55 metropolitan areas, including:

Mobile Ala.
Montgomery Ala.
Phoenix, Ariz.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Oakland, Calif.
San Diego, Calif.
San Francisco, Calif.
San Jose, Calif.
Denver, Colo.
Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn.
Washington, D.C.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Gainesville, Fla.
Jacksonville, Fla.
Miami, Fla.
Orlando, Fla.
Pensacola, Fla.
Tallahassee, Fla.
Tampa, Fla.
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Athens, Ga.
Atlanta, Ga.
Chicago, Ill.
West Lafayette, Ind.
New Orleans, La.
Baltimore, Md.
Boston, Mass.
Detroit, Mich.
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
St. Louis, Mo.
Las Vegas, Nev.
New York, N.Y.
Rochester, N.Y.
Charlotte, N.C.
Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.
Wilmington, N.C.
Akron, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, Pa.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Columbia, S.C.
Hilton Head, S.C.
Clarksville, Tenn./Hopkinsville, Ky.
Cleveland, Tenn.
Nashville, Tenn.
Bryan-College Station, Texas
Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Temple-Killeen, Texas
Seattle, Wash.

Since 2007, when Verizon Wireless jump-started the global 4G LTE ecosystem with its selection of LTE for its 4G technology, the company has developed deep partnerships to spearhead a broad LTE ecosystem, with many being fostered at the LTE Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass., and the Application Innovation Center, slated to open in San Francisco later this year.

Visit for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

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  1. It is nice to see they aren’t wasting any time getting these new cities live.

  2. 9 cities in which nobody lives in.

    1. Yeah, nobody lives in New Haven, home to Yale University.  Sheesh.  Personally, I’m thrilled. It looks like they’re building out the NYC to Boston corridor.  

      1. Or Gainesville, Home of the Gators. Or Tallahasee, home of the Seminoles, also being the STATE CAPITAL. 

      2. Mobile clocks in at 600k, although Montgomery only 200k. Weird that they would get Montgomery before Birmingham, which has 1.2m, although, At&t is more popular there. Still Gainesville only clocks in at 120k so I do question there decision making a little. We are, of course, completely ignorant to the relative costs in each city.

        1. Even more strange is why they would pick places where pickup trucks are chewing tobacco are more important than high speed internet.

  3.  Odd, Louisville wasn’t on the list above but we’ve had since 2 weeks before they Durby.

    1.  I noticed that as well, i’m just north of you

  4. Verizon is wasting no time rolling out LTE as fast as possible. I wouldn’t say “nobody lives in those cities”. The combined populations of  Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Mobile and Montgomery Ala., Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn., Gainesville, Pensacola and Tallahassee, Fla., Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.; and Bryan-College Station and Temple-Killeen, Texas is over 12 million people, and that isn’t counting the greater metropolitan areas of those cities. Keep it up, Big Red! There are other companies out there who should be taking notes…

  5.  Ok Verizon…I’m going to need to hear your definition of “metropolitan”.

  6.  when was the last time sprint rolled out “4G” to some new locations? huh richard?

    1. A loooooooooong time ago. 

    2. When the Big Bang was filed under “current events”.

  7.  I live in one small market and work in another medium sized market. Both are not on this list, yet both have lots of 4G.  I am sure that is the case with many other areas, so VZW is under selling them selves to boot.

  8. Seems like some people are actually butt-hurt over the expansion of LTE.  Either jealousy or some other brand’s fanboy. 

  9.  Here in Pensacola, no 4G yet.

    1. It’s here now… and it’s fast.

  10. Now if they could only get their released Lte to consistently work in the already launched area’s that would be Awesome.

  11.  LTE and Quadcore FTW in 2012! And I hope that for everyone.

  12. How about rolling out some more LTE phones, Verizon?  Dual core please, thanks.

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