ASHEVILLE, NC — Verizon Wireless today announced that more residents and tourists in and around Asheville, N.C. will be able to experience the speed and capabilities of America’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network as the company expands network access on Sept. 20. The planned expansion will extend coverage along Interstate 40, Highway 64 and Highway 441 in Asheville, as well as in Cherokee and Madison counties.
“Our 4G LTE network in and around Asheville provides speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G for surfing the Web, downloading files, streaming music and video, and staying in touch with family and friends,” said Jerry Fountain, president for Verizon Wireless’ Carolinas/Tenneessee region. “We understand that the way people communicate and do business is constantly evolving, and we’re committed to offering innovative solutions for wireless communication to local businesses, schools and families.”
Expanded 4G LTE service also means residents of Cherokee and Madison counties now have access to HomeFusion, a residential broadband solution made possible by the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. Using 4G LTE, HomeFusion Broadband delivers high-speed, in-home Internet access, particularly where Internet options are limited or are not currently available.
Verizon Wireless is the only carrier in Asheville offering residents and visitors 4G LTE service, which is also currently available in North Carolina in Burlington, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Greensboro, Greenville, Hickory, High Point, Jacksonville, Kinston, Lumberton, Morehead City, New Bern, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Washington, Wilmington, Wilson and Winston Salem.
Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network is the largest in the nation, covering more than 75 percent of the U.S. population in more than 370 markets across the United States. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, customers using Verizon’s 4G LTE should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
For more information and a current list of Verizon’s 4G LTE 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 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 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.