Verizon Launches 4G LTE In 38 Major Metropolitan Areas By The End Of The Year

BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Verizon underscored its rapid deployment of the world's first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network today from the CTIA Enterprise & Applications™ 2010 conference. Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon, detailed the company's major network launch in 38 major metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 million Americans, by the end of the year. In addition, the company is launching 4G LTE in more than 60 commercial airports coast to coast — both the airports within the launch areas plus airports in other key cities.

McAdam said, "We are driven by the vision to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband connectivity and mobility to rural and urban Americans alike. With our initial 4G LTE launch, we will immediately reach more than one-third of all Americans where they live, right from the start. And, we will quickly introduce 4G LTE throughout the Verizon coverage area."


McAdam highlighted the metropolitan areas for the initial launch, which include:



  • Large sections of the Northeast Corridor, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. as well as Rochester, New York

  • Throughout Miami and south Florida, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and New Orleans as well as Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee

  • Chicagoland, St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Pittsburgh and major cities in Ohio

  • Major population centers in California as well as Seattle, Phoenix, Denver and Las Vegas

(A list of all metropolitan areas and airports is located at the end of the news release.)


Verizon Wireless is building its 4G LTE network with the same commitment to performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized. Verizon Wireless' laser focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year.


Enterprise users, businesses and individuals can immediately benefit from Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network this year. While Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network promises much more than speed, the first application gives employees the ability to work at significantly faster speeds and improved latency, increasing productivity and the opportunity to get work done where their business takes them.


McAdam continued, "Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network will also be available in the commercial airports in the 38 metropolitan areas, plus we're launching airports in other key cities coast to coast, giving road warriors added coverage when they travel. Every time we've built a next generation network, our customers have seen real benefits to their bottom lines. Taking advantage of the first large-scale LTE network on the globe gives our customers a competitive advantage."


Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE rollout positions the company to be the global leader in 4G LTE deployment. Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments. These speeds are significantly faster than Verizon Wireless and other wireless 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 currently 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' 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 Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network.


Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Initial Major Metropolitan Area Deployment Akron, Ohio Athens, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia Baltimore, Maryland Boston, Massachusetts Charlotte, North Carolina Chicago, Illinois Cincinnati, Ohio Cleveland, Ohio Columbus, Ohio Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Dallas, Texas Denver, Colorado Fort Lauderdale, Florida Houston, Texas Jacksonville, Florida Las Vegas, Nevada Los Angeles, California Miami, Florida Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota Nashville, Tennessee New Orleans, Louisiana New York, New York Oakland, California Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Orlando, Florida Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Phoenix, Arizona Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Rochester, New York San Antonio, Texas San Diego, California San Francisco, California San Jose, California Seattle/Tacoma, Washington St. Louis, Missouri Tampa, Florida Washington, D.C. West Lafayette, Indiana West Palm Beach, Florida Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Initial Commercial Airport Deployment (Airport Name, City, State) Austin-Bergstrom International, Austin, Texas Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall, Glen Burnie, MarylandBob Hope, Burbank, CaliforniaBoeing Field/King County International, Seattle, WashingtonCharlotte/Douglas International, Charlotte, North CarolinaChicago Midway International, Chicago, IllinoisChicago O'Hare International, Chicago, IllinoisCincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Covington, KentuckyCleveland-Hopkins International, Cleveland, OhioDallas Love Field, Dallas, TexasDallas/Fort Worth International, Fort Worth, TexasDenver International, Denver, ColoradoFort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, Fort Lauderdale, FloridaGeorge Bush Intercontinental/Houston, Houston, TexasGreater Rochester International, Rochester, New YorkHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Atlanta, GeorgiaHonolulu International, Honolulu, HawaiiJacksonville International, Jacksonville, FloridaJohn F. Kennedy International, New York, New YorkJohn Wayne Airport-Orange County, Santa Ana, CaliforniaKansas City International, Kansas City, MissouriLa Guardia, New York, New YorkLambert-St. Louis International, St. Louis, MissouriLaurence G. Hanscom Field, Bedford, MassachusettsLong Beach/Daugherty Field, Long Beach, CaliforniaLos Angeles International, Los Angeles, CaliforniaLouis Armstrong New Orleans International, Metairie, LouisianaMcCarran International, Las Vegas, NevadaMemphis International, Memphis, TennesseeMetropolitan Oakland International, Oakland, CaliforniaMiami International, Miami, FloridaMinneapolis-St. Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain, Minneapolis, MinnesotaNashville International, Nashville, TennesseeNew Castle, Wilmington, DelawareNewark Liberty International, Newark, New JerseyNorman Y. Mineta San Jose International, San Jose, CaliforniaNorth Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NevadaOrlando International, Orlando, FloridaOrlando Sanford International, Sanford, FloridaPalm Beach International, West Palm Beach, FloridaPhiladelphia International, Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaPhoenix Sky Harbor International, Phoenix, ArizonaPhoenix-Mesa Gateway, Mesa, ArizonaPittsburgh International, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaPort Columbus International, Columbus, OhioPortland International, Portland, OregonRickenbacker International, Columbus, OhioRonald Reagan Washington National, Arlington, VirginiaSacramento International, Sacramento, CaliforniaSalt Lake City International, Salt Lake City, UtahSan Antonio International, San Antonio, TexasSan Diego International, San Diego, CaliforniaSan Francisco International, San Francisco, CaliforniaSeattle-Tacoma International, Seattle, WashingtonSt. Augustine, Saint Augustine, FloridaSt. Petersburg-Clearwater International, Clearwater, FloridaTampa International, Tampa, FloridaTeterboro, Teterboro, New JerseyTrenton Mercer, Trenton, New JerseyWashington Dulles International, Dulles International Airport, Washington, D.C.Will Rogers World, Oklahoma City, OklahomaWilliam P. Hobby, Houston, Texas


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