HONOLULU, HI and SAN DIEGO — Verizon Wireless today announced at MobileCON™ 2012 that customers in more areas of Hawai‘i will be able to experience the speed and capabilities offered through the innovative products and solutions available on its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network when the company expands the service in Mākaha, Hāwī, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Nīnole, and Highway 19 from Waimea to Honoka‘a on Oct. 18. With the new and expanded markets, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will be available in 417 markets across the United States, surpassing its goal to cover 400 markets by the end of 2012.
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network offers more coverage than all U.S. wireless providers combined, and is the nation’s largest 4G LTE network. The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is currently available in Hawai‘i on the Big Island, Kaua‘i, Lāna‘i, Maui, Moloka‘i and O‘ahu.
On Thursday, Oct. 18, customers who visit or live in areas including Mākaha and Hāwī will be able to surf the Web, stream music and video, and stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues, all with speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G.
“With our 4G LTE network, customers can take advantage of the speed offered by our 4G LTE devices and the innovative solutions that leverage 4G LTE technology to enhance connectivity,” said Russ Preite, region president for Verizon Wireless. “Our aggressive 4G LTE deployment strategy has enabled us to provide customers with the best wireless data experience possible, and we will continue to strengthen and expand our network to provide consistently outstanding 4G LTE speeds.”
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Innovations with 4G LTE Technology
Verizon Wireless customers can choose from the largest selection of 4G LTE devices and solutions to experience the nation’s fastest 4G network. 4G LTE devices range from tablets and mobile hotspots to the latest smartphones and more. The newest 4G LTE devices include the DROID RAZR™ M by Motorola and the Samsung Galaxy S® III. Details can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/4G LTE. Information on plans and pricing for consumers and businesses is available at www.verizonwireless.com/plans.
The company has opened Verizon Innovation Centers in Waltham, Mass., and San Francisco. The centers serve as laboratories where more than 140 companies of all sizes are working with Verizon Wireless engineers to harness the speed and power of LTE technology for both business customers and consumers. More than a dozen commercial products were fostered in the Verizon Innovation Centers and more are in the pipeline. Thousands of developers are also involved in bringing their applications to market on the 4G LTE network.
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 the 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 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.