Verizon on Thursday Will Add 5 New Cities to LTE Net – Now Covering 195 US Markets

Posted by at 2:01 pm on January 18, 2012

On Thursday, Verizon will be launching 4G LTE services in five new markets. The wireless carrier will be turning on its high speed network in Glens Falls and Utica in New York; Lawton, Oklahoma; and Brownsville and McAllen in Texas. Verizon will also be expanding its 4G LTE service in the Atlanta, Houston, and Spokane.

With the addition of these new cities, Verizon will now be providing coverage to 195 areas, representing about 200 million potential users. Last month, the carrier ended 2011 with a major rollout of its service to 36 locations. Verizon when it started LTE in October 2010 said that it would begin deploying its 4G LTE network aggressively in 2011, and that it would have a full nationwide overlay of its existing 3G completed by the end of 2013.

The provider claims that in real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5-12Mbps in downloads and 2-5 Mbps for uploads.  Our personal use here at ToT, across many cities, find those claims to be on the conservative side.

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