Verizon Turns On 4G LTE Network in 19 Metro Areas

By Erin Harrison June 16, 2011

Verizon Wireless continues to expand its 4G Long Term Evolution network this week by bringing the mobile broadband service to 19 additional metropolitan areas.

According to Verizon Wireless officials, the new areas where 4G LTE network would become available June 16 include: Fresno and Sacramento, California; Hartford, Connecticut; Boise, Idaho; Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Indiana; Flint, Grand Rapids and Lansing, Michigan; Dayton, Ohio; Erie, Harrisburg and State College, Pennsylvania; Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah; Spokane, Washington and Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Verizon said it’s also growing its 4G LTE network in San Francisco and Detroit on Thursday. In an effort bring 4G LTE mobile broadband to its entire 3G coverage area, Verizon officials said that the company is “aggressively” expanding its 4G LTE network and by the end of 2013.

“We are proud to help lead across Madison, Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin into the 4G LTE wireless broadband world, helping residents, small businesses and local government connect faster and more fully with each other and those outside our community,” said T.J. Fox, president-Wisconsin/Illinois at Verizon Wireless, in a statement.  

Verizon Wireless began introducing its first large-scale LTE network in December 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans, and is quickly expanding national coverage.  With the addition of the 19 new markets added this week, Verizon now has 74 metropolitan areas covered.

Company officials said consumers can choose from several devices to access the 4G LTE network, including the newly-launched Revolution by LG, DROID Charge by Samsung and ThunderBolt by HTC smartphones, as well as the MiFi 4510L 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot and Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot. Laptop users can tap into the 4G speeds with three USB modems from Novatel, Pantech and LG.

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Erin Harrison is Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives, for TMC, where she oversees the company's strategic editorial initiatives, including the launch of several new print and online initiatives. She plays an active role in the print publications and TechZone360, covering IP communications, information technology and other related topics. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives

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