UTICA, NY — Starting tomorrow, Verizon Wireless customers in the Utica-Rome area will be able to surf the Web, download large files, and share music and photos at speeds up to ten times faster than before with the company’s 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) high-speed data network. The new network will be available in the Utica, Rome, Frankfort, Herkimer, Little Falls, New Hartford, and Oneida areas, and along the New York State Thruway corridor. Additional local cell sites will get the technology over the next several months, expanding and filling in coverage further. The network will also launch in the Poughkeepsie-Kingston and Glens Falls areas tomorrow. Full nationwide deployment of the company’s 4G LTE network is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2013
“Our 4G LTE network will change the way our customers in Central New York think about and use wireless technology,” said Russ Preite, president of Verizon Wireless’ Upstate New York Region. “By bringing true fourth-generation wireless technology to the area, we’re giving our local consumer and business customers the ability to enjoy a much more powerful and robust wireless data experience. That will translate into greater productivity, expanded business opportunities, and exciting new entertainment options.”
In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless customers will be able to use their 4G LTE smartphones, tablets, notebooks, laptop modems and mobile hotspots to experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink – perfect for surfing the Web, streaming video, and downloading large files wirelessly. Verizon Wireless’ network is the largest 4G LTE network in the nation and was just named the ‘Fastest 4G Network Yet’ by Popular Science’s Best of What’s New awards and ranked No. 1 on PC World’s 100 Best Products of 2011.
Verizon Wireless introduced the globe’s first large-scale LTE network on December 5, 2010 covering more than 110 million Americans. The 4G LTE network will be available in 190 cities covering more than 200 million Americans tomorrow. The service launched in the Rochester and New York City markets last December; in the Albany, Syracuse and Ithaca areas in August; in Buffalo in October; and in Orange County NY in November. When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, their 4G devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling them to stay connected from coast to coast.
As the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy game-changing 4G LTE technology, Verizon Wireless is committed to building its 4G network with the same performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized. Verizon Wireless’ consistent focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year. The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G, including a contiguous, nationwide network license.
Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 107.7 million total wireless connections, including 90.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.