Verizon 4G LTE expansions on tap for Virginia


If you want high-speed wireless coverage, Virginia is the place to be starting May 17th. Verizon is expanding the reach of its 4G LTE network in the state with the addition of Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Martinsville to their network map. The carrier hasn’t faltered in its dedication to blanket the United States in 4G coverage and more locations are planned for the coming months as part of an aggressive rollout that seeks to make Verizon the nation’s largest LTE network. They’ll have to keep it up to stay ahead of the competition. AT&T has been doing their part to challenge Big Red and Sprint is set to launch their fledgling LTE network in the coming months.



LAUREL, MD – Verizon Wireless announced today that it is bringing the nation’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to several more Virginia communities on May 17, 2012. Customers in and around Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, and Martinsville will soon be able to use 4G LTE wireless devices to access the Internet faster; listen to music or watch video on their phones; use thousands of apps; and stay in touch with family and friends, all with speeds up to 10 times faster than before. 4G LTE from Verizon Wireless is currently available in many other locations throughout Virginia, including Richmond, Roanoke, Blacksburg, Greater Hampton Roads, and Northern Virginia.

This latest expansion of its 4G LTE network is part of Verizon Wireless’ aggressive nationwide network investment strategy. Nationally, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $70 billion since it was formed in 2000 to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide networks and to add new services for customers. Last year alone in the Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland region, Verizon Wireless invested $354 million in wireless network enhancements, including 4G LTE expansions and new market launches like these coming online May 17.

“The future is here, and it is Verizon Wireless 4G LTE,” said Mike Maiorana, regional president for Verizon Wireless in Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia. “Our commitment to 4G LTE is bringing customers a new level of wireless data service with upload and download speeds and connectivity that is revolutionizing the way we communicate.”

4G LTE Devices and Plans

Verizon Wireless customers can choose from a variety of more than 20, 4G LTE-enabled devices, including notebooks and netbooks; hotspots and modems; and smartphones and tablets, including the new LG Lucid™, an easy-to-use smartphone offering 4G LTE speeds at a low price, and the soon to be launched DROID Incredible 4G LTE by HTC, which will allow users to shoot HD video and capture photos at the same time with its Video Pic feature, all over the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

The company also recently introduced HomeFusion℠ Broadband, a solution that leverages the power and speed of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to deliver high-speed, in-home Internet access for residential broadband, particularly in areas where Internet options are limited or are not currently available. HomeFusion is available in Roanoke, Fredericksburg, Martinsville, Staunton, Harrisonburg, Mechanicsville, Richmond, Williamsburg, and Massaponax (SEE NEWS RELEASE BELOW).

4G LTE Overview

Verizon Wireless introduced the globe’s first large-scale LTE network on December 5, 2010, and currently offers service in 230 markets nationwide, and is on course to deliver 4G LTE to its entire 3G wireless footprint by the end of 2013. The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G, including a contiguous, nationwide network license.

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 a 4G coverage area, their devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network was named “Fastest 4G Network Yet” by Popular Science’s 2011 Best of What’s New Awards, and was ranked No. 1 on PC World’s 100 Best Products of 2011. For more information about Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, please visit:

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  1. AT&T wants to cover 250 million people by the end of 2013. A year before that, by the end of 2012, Verizon will have at least 260 million covered. Not exactly stiff competition if you can’t even catch your opponent a year later.

    As for sprint, just look at their native coverage, their map of coverage is more verizon roaming than native. Even if they covered their entire native footprint in 4g LTE it’d still be ridiculously small.

    1. You’re ignoring Sprint’s nationwide iDEN network at 800 mhz… which is being refarmed for LTE.

      And you’re ignoring T-Mobile’s nationwide AWS, which is being refarmed for LTE.

      And you’re ignoring the huge Upper D block 700 mhz license that currently sits unpurchased…. ripe for AT&Ts taking if they accept the public/private partnership agreement. Or their huge CLR and PCS spectrum holdings if they choose to refarm that.

      1. No, I mentioned sprint’s lte rollout. However you are not right on the iDen. They are initially rolling out on PCS, iDen is being refarmed now and won’t be used for the rollout until 2014 or 2013 at the earliest.

        As for tmobile their coverage on 3g is minimal let alone their 4g hspa+ or their planned LTE which won’t even begin rolling out until next year.

        As for AT&T refarming their Cellular spectrum, it won’t happen anytime soon. There are too many non cell phone devices on that spectrum the same as verizon.

        As for the upper D block, those requirements for it are the major reason it didn’t sell. Only when desperate will someone buy that.

        Either way I was simply focusing on the article which says “They’ll have to keep it up to stay ahead of the competition. AT&T has been doing their part to challenge Big Red and Sprint is set to launch their fledgling LTE network in the coming months.” My entire comment was in response to the article, go figure huh? So once again, I wasn’t ignoring all of the other carriers, but none of them are ever going to have solid nationwide coverage like verizon except maybe for at&t who is capable of it, but never finishes a rollout of any technology, leaving only their 2g in huge swaths of land.

        1. you’re right. Bottom line is VZW has the largest customer base thus having the most $$$ to spend on their LTE rollout. Keep in mind also as far as LTE goes, Information I received is that VZW is the only carrier to use Fiber lines on their cell towers as oppose to the compitition all using Copper lines. making for a faster ping

        2. Sorry for prompting such a long reply… I was merely focusing on your ‘stiff competition’ point. My point is, they very well may face stiff competition. The other players do have the ability to do so.

  2. Fredericksburg has had LTE coverage for about 3 weeks now and I’m loving it!

  3. Sweet. We drive down from DC to NC occasionally, I usually lose all signal, not just 4G. Will be nice next time we go down to have it.

  4. when,VZW has 3G in jack’s creek tennessee, i’ll be happy as a clam. that’s the only place in my travels that my phone data is dead.

    1. That is a solid Sprint 3G area, just fyi.

      1. lynyrd, the problem lies in the fact that in my home zipcode, 38221, sprint will not give me service and last november VZW erected a 3G tower there. giving me a good reason to dump t-mobile after 10 years.

        1. Then I suggest a wilson amplifier. It worked wonders for me at my cabin (where my phone barely connects to a Sprint tower on my window).

  5. LTE is fast but so is HSPA+42 on Tmobile and their service is a lot faster.

    1. Care to back that up with data? In 3g tmobile is faster, but comparing HSPA+ 42 and LTE, LTE on verizon is theoretically capable of running faster, and in most all general reports and speedtests I’ve seen, it does tend to run faster. I’m getting 7-20mbps down on 4g lte and 6-10 up. What are you getting on HSPA+ 42? I can’t find a speedtest thread on the tmobile howardforums room, but on verizon speeds go up to 73mbps and some people consistently get 20-50mbps.

  6. AT&T claims to have more 4g than the big V…

  7. 73mb/s on Vzn LTE?!?!? Fastest I’ve ever gotten was aproximetly 37mb/s or so. Droid Charge, Las Vegas.

    I’d very much like to know where & when this 73mb/s speed was achieved!!! Likely it was back in December of 09 when the LTE network was brand new!

  8. My coverage is within 1 inch either way of Loosing 3g and 4g and phone locks up.
    Obione-Kanobi-1 May 8, 2012 3:07 PM
    I have just gotten off the phone with their Corporate folks as they were not to impressed with me for filing a complaint with the FCC because of my coverage or should I say lack there of. From what she told me after all the legal mubo jumbo was that the coverage map which was not so well done is only a maybe for coverage as their are 3 little fine print exclusions on the WEB.
    I conveyed to her that if you tell me I have 4g and 3g and I move my phone on my nightstand 1 inch either way I loose the 4g. If I move it the other way I lose 3g and the phone locks up till I go into airplane mode and and back out. According to her I am on the fringe of the signals and they are sharing their signal with anouther carrier. In other words tough roller skates. And then to have the audasity to charge me an extra $30.00 to change out the old home phone connect for the newer one that you can get an extended antenea for. Get rid of theold inventory and charge for the upgrade or switch and bait. I urge everyone to file with the FCC individually and hold Verizon to task, I told her I would continue to persue this with the FCC till my area was fixed. I have a Rezound that is stock. Plus for some reason when I tried to log back into this site I have to unlock my Account as it had been locked for some reason. Wonder who would have done such a thing to me especially after a phone call from Verizon Corporate. ( HUMMMM )

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