Verizon Makes Their 4G LTE Network Official

Posted: Oct 6 2010, 2:44pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 6 2010, 10:22pm CDT , in Technology News


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Verizon Makes Their 4G LTE Network Official

38 Major Metropolitan Areas by 2011

Verizon's big keynote and Q&A has just closed up and the press release is out. The carrier made their 4G LTE network official today, announcing that it will be in 38 major cities by the end of the year. That equates to coverage for roughly 110 million Americans. Big Red's 4G will also launch in 60+ commercial airports across the country.

In the Q&A, Verizon followed up with their goal to cover 200 million Americans 18 months from today. By 2013, they expect their LTE coverage to be roughly where their 3G coverage is today.

The initial launch will include cities such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C. and Rochester, NY. Miami and much of south Florida, Atlanta and D/FW will also be covered, as will Houston and New Orleans and Charlotte, NC, as well as Nashville. Chicago, St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Pittsburgh and "major cities" (though not major enough to be named) in Ohio will all benefit from the LTE roll-out. We can also expect the big cities in California, as well as Seattle, Phoenix, Denver and Las Vegas to be covered.

Verizon expects 5-12 megabit per second downlink speeds and 2 to 5 Mbps for the uplink speed. Real-life speeds will likely be much lower, in the 2-6 Mbps range for downloads. But maybe Verizon will do a better job of hitting their promised speeds than Sprint.

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