BIRMINGHAM, AL — On Oct. 20, Verizon Wireless customers in the metro Birmingham area can take advantage of Verizon Wireless’ 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the nation. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network allows customers to share music and photos, surf the Web and download files up to 10 times faster than before. The 4G LTE network will be available to customers in the following cities and towns: Alabaster, Adamsville, Bessemer, Birmingham, Calera, Cullman, Chelsea, Cordova, Center Point, Clay, Fultondale, Gardendale, Hanceville, Hoover, Homewood, Harpersville, Helena, Irondale, Jasper, Kimberly, Leeds, Mountain Brook, Moody, Mulga, Sumiton, Pleasant Grove, Oak Grove, Pinson, Palmerdale, Remlap, Springville, Short Creek, Trussville, Tarrant and Vestavia.
“We are proud to bring the largest 4G LTE network in the nation to Birmingham and help lead residents, small businesses and local government into the next generation of wireless connectivity and communication,” said Lynn Carlson, executive network director for the Georgia/Alabama region of Verizon Wireless. “Our 4G LTE network is enabling our customers to connect faster and more fully with each other and those outside our community.”
4G LTE Devices and Plans
Residents of Birmingham can choose from 13 4G LTE-enabled devices to access the blazingly fast speeds of the 4G LTE network, including notebooks, netbooks, hotspots, modems, tablets, and smartphones such as the new DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola and Pantech Breakout™. Details on each device can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE. Nationwide talk and data plan pricing information is available at www.verizonwireless.com/plans.
Coverage and Speed
Verizon Wireless began introducing its 4G LTE network on Dec. 5, 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans. With a consistent focus on growth and reliability, the company has quickly expanded its 4G LTE network. In addition to launching its network in Birmingham on Oct. 20, the company is adding 22 new markets and expanding its network in Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and Erie, Pa., for a total of 165 metropolitan areas covered. By Nov. 17, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will cover 178 cities.
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers from Cullman to Calera should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Extending Coverage and Reliability
Verizon Wireless is also working with rural communications companies to collaboratively build and operate a 4G LTE network in those areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless’ core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum. To date, 12 rural organizations have announced their participation in the LTE in Rural America program and have leased spectrum covering, in total, more than 2.6 million people in rural communities and nearly 82,000 square miles.
When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the largest, most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their city.
For more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 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.