Verizon 4G LTE Network Expanding To 59 More US Cities, Will Be Available in 147 Areas by End of 2011

March 23, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

We have been hearing many stories about the Long Term Evolution (LTE) network of Verizon spreading to more and more cities. The carrier now seems to be little more aggressive in pushing its high-speed 4G network to more regions, with the latest announcement stating that 59 new markets in the US are being added. The LTE network will be available in these markets by the end of this year.

Verizon had launched their LTE network in 39 markets in the US, way back in December 2010 in the first phase. At CES in January, they made it into the headlines by adding 49 more markets to their LTE coverage list. With the latest announcement, the number has risen to 147. That could come as pleasant news for many of you, since being on the fastest and most advanced 4G network in the country is itself a special feeling.

The carrier now claims that their new USB modems from Pantech and LG on the LTE network will fetch the user speeds up to 10 times faster than their 3G network. If we go by the claims of the company, the LTE network from Verizon can offer 5 to 12 megabits per seconds downlink speed. Uplink speed would be 2 to 5 megabits per second. Though we experienced a slight change in the speed while on the LTE network, let us also add that it is not disappointing.

Verizon is also working with communication companies in rural areas, so that the companies in the hinterland will provide towers and backhaul assets for the LTE development. In addition, Verizon will bring on their 4G LTE equipment and 700 MHz spectrum into play. The joint operation is expected to push the LTE network to more areas.

If you would want to know the full list of areas that have been added to the LTE network, head here. Tell us where you are located. Also, what do you feel about Verizon’s expansion?

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