ALBANY, NY — Verizon Wireless announced today it will launch its 4G LTE high-speed data network in the Capital Region on August 18. Residents, businesses and visitors to the area will be able to use their 4G LTE smartphones, laptop modems and hotspots to take advantage of speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network. The company activated 4G LTE technology in and around the Saratoga Springs area last week. 4G LTE will also be available in the Syracuse and Ithaca areas on August 18. These deployments are part of the company’s nationwide rollout of its super-fast data network, scheduled to be complete by the end of 2013.
“Our 4G LTE network will change the way our Capital Region customers communicate and do business,” said Russ Preite, president of Verizon Wireless’ Upstate New York Region. “Bringing the world’s first large-scale 4G LTE network to the area is a reflection of our company’s commitment to keeping our local customers at the forefront of wireless technology.”
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 – perfect for surfing the Web, streaming video, and downloading large files.
Verizon Wireless introduced the globe’s first large-scale LTE network on December 5, 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans, and is quickly expanding national coverage, currently offering service in 102 markets. The service launched in the New York City and Rochester markets in December. 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 WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 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.