Verizon Wireless promised last year that we would see 400 4G LTE markets in the US by the end of 2012, and folks, they are well on their way to reaching that goal. Verizon has been adding new markets and expanding the ones already there at a steady pace for quite a while, and today they announced that they are launching 5 new markets and expanding on 12. This is happening on a pretty regular basis lately, but what makes this specific network update more news-worthy than others.
With the addition of these five new markets, Verizon has finally reached 200 4G LTE markets, in fact, they will have 203. Looking at the stats, Verizon customers should see an increase of data speeds from 5-12 mbps down and 2-5 mbps up, which is much faster than 3G networks. Even with the strain that all the new 4G devices are putting on the network, the speeds are holding up. With Verizon at 203 markets in Q1 of 2012, 400 markets by the end of the year is really becoming even more of a possibility. The full list of market additions and expansions is as follows:
“On Thursday, March 15, the company will introduce its 4G LTE network in Dothan and Enterprise, Ala.; Naples, Fla.; Greenville, N.C.; Altus and Durant, Okla.; and Longview/Marshall, Texas. The company will also expand its 4G LTE network in Washington, D.C.; Elkhart, Ind.; Baltimore, Md.; Columbus, Miss.; Northern N.J.; Wilmington, N.C.; Duncan, Okla.; Allentown/Bethlehem, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Pa.; Hilton Head, S.C.; Cleveland, Tenn.; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; and Kenosha, Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.”
Source: Verizon Wireless