BELLEVUE, WA — Verizon Wireless today announced that it will expand the nation’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Centralia, Shelton and communities along US Highway 101, and State Route 3 and 108 in the coming weeks. This expansion will enable customers to use their 4G LTE smartphones, tablets and mobile hotspots in more of the Puget Sound region to access the Internet faster; listen to music or watch video on their phones; use thousands of apps; and stay in touch with family and friends, all with speeds up to 10 times faster than before.
Verizon Wireless is the only carrier to currently offer 4G LTE service in Washington state, including Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Everett, Bellevue, Vancouver, Marysville and Olympia. With the planned network expansion this month, residents in Mason, Thurston and Lewis counties will have more access to the nation’s fastest 4G network.
“The future is here in Centralia and Shelton and it is Verizon Wireless 4G LTE, said Verizon Wireless Pacific Northwest region president Bobby Morrison. Our commitment to delivering the fastest wireless service enables customers to enjoy video calling, TV shows, songs, browsing and navigation in more places as we continue to expand in the state.”
Since its launch on Dec. 5, 2010, Verizon Wireless has introduced its 4G LTE network to more than 200 million people in 203 markets across the country and supports more than 20 4G LTE devices, including a wide variety of tablets, smartphones, hotspots and more.
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network and a list of current markets.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves nearly 108 million total wireless connections, including 92.2 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 82,000 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.