RAPID CITY, SD — On Feb. 16, more Verizon Wireless customers across the greater Rapid City area can take advantage of Verizon Wireless’ 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, the nation’s fastest 4G network. New coverage extends from Rapid City including the following cities and towns:
- East on Interstate 90 to Belvidere including Wasta, Wall and Kadoka as well as east on State Highway 14 to Philip;
- West on I-90 to Spearfish including Piedmont, Sturgis, Deadwood, Lead and Whitewood as well as north of I-90 to Belle Fourche and Newell;
- And, South to Edgemont including Custer and Hot Springs.
Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network allows customers to share music and photos, surf the Web and download files up to 10 times faster than with the company’s 3G network. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE customers in the greater Rapid City coverage area should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network is the only 4G LTE network available in the Rapid City area. The company initially launched its 4G LTE network in Rapid City on Nov. 16, 2011 with coverage extending west on I-90 to Black Hawk and east on I-90 to New Underwood. Additional cities included in the initial 4G network launch were Box Elder, Hill City and the Ellsworth Air Force Base. In addition, Verizon launched its 4G LTE network in Sioux Falls, S.D. on June 1, 2011.
On Feb. 16, Verizon’s 4G LTE network will cover more than 200 million people in 196 markets across the United States allowing consumers to take advantage of the blazingly fast speeds offered by Verizon’s 4G LTE network with a wide variety of 4G LTE devices, including the DROID 4 by Motorola and the DROID RAZR™ MAXX™ by Motorola.
“We are expanding our network so that even more of the greater Rapid City-area residents, small businesses and local government can take advantage of the next generation of wireless technology, which is continuing to push the boundaries of connectivity,” said Seamus Hyland, president–Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. “We are continuing infrastructure preparations for our 4G LTE network in additional areas of South Dakota.”
When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, the devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the largest, most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their areas.
For more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte. Coverage maps will be available online for the greater Rapid City area on Feb. 16.
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