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Verizon: 4G LTE high-speed network to be in 38 cities by year-end

Verizon Wireless said Wednesday it will launch a high-speed Internet network in 38 metropolitan areas by the end of the year, a major upgrade to mobile phone service that allows users to watch videos and play games with nearly the same quality as over their home networks.

Verizon, the nation's biggest wireless service provider, said its service will be available in cities such as Seattle, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Washington. Verizon joins Clear (formerly Clearwire) in bringing mobile broadband connections to consumers. AT&T is expected to quickly follow suit with its own LTE network.

Connections will be 5 to 12 megabits per second on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink, the company said. Verizon Communications President Lowell McAdam said the firm plans to have its network covering two-thirds of the population in 18 months and nearly the entire U.S. population by 2013.

Competition for the next generation of mobile broadband users is fierce and getting to users first has been a priority. In statistics released Wednesday, trade group CTIA-The Wireless Association said data use over phones exploded over the past year, up 50 percent in June 2010 from June 2009. And as more consumers want to use their tablets, laptops and cellphones for computing, wireless operators are racing to provide services.

Geographies:

  • Large sections of the Northeast Corridor, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, as well as Rochester, N.Y.
  • Throughout Miami and South Florida, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and New Orleans as well as in Charlotte and Nashville.
  • Chicagoland, St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Pittsburgh and major cities in Ohio.
  • Major population centers in California as well as in Seattle, Phoenix, Denver and Las Vegas.

    The 4G LTE network will be available in airports for 38 metropolitan areas by the end of the year.

    Verizon Wireless 4G LTE average data speeds are significantly faster than Verizon Wireless and other providers’ current or promised 3G network speeds.

    By leveraging its 700 MHz spectrum for LTE deployment in the United States, Verizon Wireless is capable of quickly deploying a high-quality wireless broadband network with excellent coverage. The company is installing LTE equipment at existing cell sites and switching centers around the United States as part of its extensive, ongoing investment in its voice and data network infrastructure.

    In addition to the 38 major metropolitan areas, Verizon Wireless is launching its 4G LTE network in West Lafayette, Ind., home of Purdue University. The public university is using several innovative software applications on Verizon Wireless’s 3G network that improve student engagement and success, and Verizon Wireless is working with Purdue to explore the next phase of how 4G LTE technology can improve e-learning across the nation.

    Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about the company's 4G LTE network.

    Read after the jump for the metropolitan areas and airports that will receive the service first.

    Verizon Wireless 4G LTE initial major metropolitan deployment:

  • Akron, Ohio
  • Athens, Ga.
  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Denver
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Houston
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • Nashville
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Oakland, Calif.
  • Oklahoma City
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Rochester, N.Y.
  • San Antonio
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Seattle-Tacoma
  • St. Louis
  • Tampa
  • Washington
  • West Lafayette, Ind.
  • West Palm Beach, Fla.

    Initial commercial airport deployment (airport name, city)
  • Austin-Bergstrom International, Austin
  • Baltimore-Washington International Marshall, Glen Burnie, Md.
  • Bob Hope, Burbank, Calif.
  • Charlotte/Douglas International, Charlotte
  • Chicago Midway International, Chicago
  • Chicago O’Hare International, Chicago
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Covington, Ky.
  • Cleveland-Hopkins International, Cleveland
  • Dallas Love Field, Dallas
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International, Fort Worth
  • Denver International, Denver
  • Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • George Bush Intercontinental, Houston
  • Greater Rochester International, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Atlanta
  • Honolulu International, Honolulu
  • Jacksonville International, Jacksonville, Fla.
  • John F. Kennedy International, New York
  • John Wayne Airport-Orange County, Santa Ana, Calif.
  • Kansas City International, Kansas City, Mo.
  • King County International/Boeing Field, Seattle
  • La Guardia, New York
  • Lambert-St. Louis International, St. Louis
  • Laurence G. Hanscom Field, Bedford, Mass.
  • Long Beach/Daugherty Field, Long Beach, Calif.
  • Los Angeles International, Los Angeles
  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International, Metairie, La.
  • McCarran International, Las Vegas
  • Memphis International, Memphis
  • Metropolitan Oakland International, Oakland, Calif.
  • Miami International, Miami
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain, Minneapolis
  • Nashville International, Nashville
  • New Castle, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Newark Liberty International, Newark
  • Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International, San Jose
  • North Las Vegas, Las Vegas
  • Orlando International, Orlando
  • Orlando Sanford International, Sanford, Fla.
  • Palm Beach International, West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Philadelphia International, Philadelphia
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International, Phoenix
  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway, Mesa, Ariz.
  • Pittsburgh International, Pittsburgh
  • Port Columbus International, Columbus, Ohio
  • Portland International, Portland, Ore.
  • Rickenbacker International, Columbus, Ohio
  • Reagan National, Arlington
  • Sacramento International, Sacramento
  • Salt Lake City International, Salt Lake City
  • San Antonio International, San Antonio
  • San Diego International, San Diego
  • San Francisco International, San Francisco
  • Seattle-Tacoma International, Seattle
  • St. Augustine, St. Augustine, Fla.
  • St. Petersburg-Clearwater International, Clearwater, Fla.
  • Tampa International, Tampa
  • Teterboro, Teterboro, N.J.
  • Trenton Mercer, Trenton, N.J.
  • Washington Dulles International, Dulles
  • Will Rogers World, Oklahoma City
  • William P. Hobby, Houston

  • By Cecilia Kang  | October 6, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
    Categories:  Broadband, Clearwire, Verizon  
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    Comments

    The website for Verizon's 4g service is
    www.verizonwireless.com/4g ,
    not /lte as listed in the article.

    Posted by: BobPullar | October 6, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

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