At the CTIA convention, Verizon announced that work is officially underway at building its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, a rival to other carriers' 4G infrastructures.
Mobile operator USCarrier Telecom was selected to start rolling out Verizon's LTE system in Georgia and Alabama. By the end of the year, it hopes to have as much as 30 markets in the US covered by the new network.
In LTE trials, Verizon says it has been able to achieve download speeds of 50 megabits per second. That's magnitudes of order above what its current 3G network offers.
The mobile company, which has gained a lot of awareness over its largest 3G network in the country, does not want to fall behind when everyone goes 4G. There are already rumors that the world's first 4G phone, HTC's EVO, will be coming to Verizon after it first launches exclusively with Sprint.
"Because of the increased demand for mobile data traffic, USCarrier is dedicated to staying in the forefront of network technology as we continuously upgrade our core network to help deliver the most innovative, cost-effective 3G and 4G services available to Verizon Wireless," said USCarrier president Joaquin Luna.