4G LTE Network To Launch In Panama City, Florida

PANAMA CITY, FL — Wireless customers in Panama City soon will have access to the nation’s fastest 4G wireless network, when Verizon Wireless launches its most advanced network technology here later this month. 

Panama City will join numerous Florida markets that already offer Verizon Wireless 4G LTE (Fourth Generation/Long-Term Evolution) services, including Tallahassee and Ft. Walton Beach.    

When activated in Bay County, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will be available to more than two-thirds of the U.S. population in 258 markets across the country and will offer more than six times the geographic coverage of its nearest competitor’s 4G LTE network.

4G LTE technology is up to 10 times faster than the company’s industry-leading 3G network. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.  

The 4G LTE network allows streaming videos with no buffering, or downloading and viewing full-length HD movies.  Music lovers can download songs in seconds, gamers are able to take part in multiplayer online action, and social media types can upload photos and posts while on-the-go.  Business owners use the efficiency and speed of the 4G LTE network to help boost their bottom line. 

Verizon Wireless customers looking to experience the nation’s fastest 4G network can choose from the largest selection of 4G LTE devices, ranging from tablets such as the newest iPad, mobile hotspots, Android and many other smartphones, and plus much more.

Verizon Wireless customers can also take advantage of HomeFusion℠ Broadband, which leverages the power and speed of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to deliver high-speed, broadband Internet access to the home.  This service can be especially effective for rural areas and/or residences where “landline” Internet options are limited or unavailable.

“We’re confident Panama City residents and businesses are going to quickly appreciate the speed, power and broad capabilities of our 4G LTE network as we rapidly expand this superior technology throughout the state and the nation,” said Pam Tope, Florida region president for Verizon Wireless.  “While our competitors are still trying to bring improved technology to a few major cities, we’ve had our 4G LTE network running throughout Florida for a while and are now focused on connecting even more areas with high-speed wireless data access.”

The Verizon 4G LTE network was named “Fastest 4G Network Yet” by Popular Science’s 2011 Best of What’s New Awards, and ranked No. 1 on PC World’s 100 Best Products of 2011.

For more information, visit the Verizon Wireless store at 411A East 23rd Street in Panama City, or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

(Editor’s Note:  To demo a 4G LTE device and/or service, contact Chuck Hamby at 813-615-4803 or chuck.hamby@verizonwireless.com, or Ed Gilhuly at 305-807-6906 or egilhuly@leftcom.com.)

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.