BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and SAN DIEGO – October 9, 2012 – Verizon Wireless announced today that it will launch 4G LTE service in its 400(th) market next week, surpassing its previously announced goal of providing its blazing fast, mobile broadband service in 400 markets by the end of this year. On Oct. 18, Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE service will be available in 417 markets across the United States when it is introduced in 21 new markets - including number 400, Marquette, Mich. - and expands in 37 current markets. The company will hold celebrations with customers in Marquette and several other new markets to mark this milestone.
With the new and expanded markets, more than 245 million people throughout the U.S. - roughly 4 out of 5 - will have access to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. At the end of the second quarter, nearly 11 million customers were on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. At the end of September, more than 35 percent of the company's data traffic was being carried on the 4G LTE network.
"This milestone and the growing success of our 4G LTE network signal that we at Verizon Wireless are keeping our commitment to our customers to provide them with the very best mobile broadband experience in the nation with the breadth and depth of our coverage as well as the quality of our service," said Nicola Palmer, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless, who made the announcement today on the opening day of MobileCON™ 2012 in San Diego. "With 4G LTE technology so widespread and still growing, our customers can travel throughout the United States with a consistently outstanding 4G LTE experience enhanced by a growing number of LTE-enabled products and services."
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. When customers travel outside of 4G LTE coverage areas, devices automatically connect to the Verizon Wireless 3G network, where available, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast.