RALEIGH, NC — Verizon Wireless announced today it will expand the nation’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network on June 21 in the Triangle. This expansion will extend network coverage for using 4G LTE smartphones, tablets and mobile hotspots to 100,000 residents who did not previously have access to the high-speed network. Verizon Wireless initially launched its 4G LTE network in July 2011 in the Triangle with coverage extending to Apex, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Gorman, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Smithfield, Wake Forest and Wendell.
“While our competitors are still focused on getting 4G LTE to major cities, we’ve had our network running in the Triangle for a year and are now focused on connecting residents in more surrounding areas with high-speed wireless data access,” said Jerry Fountain, president of Verizon Wireless’ Carolinas/Tennessee region. “Our 4G LTE network now covers more than 59 percent of North Carolina’s population.”
Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE is a high-speed wireless network utilizing next generation technology that allows customers to experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink in fully loaded network environments. The network is available in more than 258 markets to more than two-thirds of the U.S. population. For more information and a list of current markets, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte.
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 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.