JACKSONVILLE, FL — Verizon Wireless, which operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE wireless network, has activated nine new 4G LTE cell sites across the Jacksonville area to further expand and enhance the most advanced wireless services to local businesses and consumers.
The new cell sites are located in numerous areas in Duval and Saint Johns counties, such as Beachwood, Arlington, Jacksonville Beach, The Avenues, Sherwood, Lakewood and Mandarin.
Verizon Wireless first launched 4G LTE nationally and in the core areas of Jacksonville in December of 2010, and the new sites are part of an aggressive expansion plan. The company already covers 200 million people in 190 major markets across the United States, including 14 in Florida, with its 4G LTE network.
The rapid rollout of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network in Florida means that 75 percent of the state’s population now is covered by this advanced wireless technology. The company plans to cover its entire Florida footprint with 4G LTE by the end of 2013.
“Jacksonville has been a particular focus of this rollout and expansion because of the very tech-savvy businesses and consumers here,” said Frank Wise, network executive director for the Verizon Wireless Florida region. “These nine new sites will further boost the best coverage and services for wireless users all over Greater Jacksonville. No other wireless experience can match our 4G LTE. ”
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, devices automatically connect to the Verizon Wireless 3G network, the nation’s largest and most reliable, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast.
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network was named “Fastest 4G Network Yet” by Popular Science’s 2011 Best of What’s New Awards, and was ranked No. 1 on PC World’s 100 Best Products of 2011. For more information on 4G LTE and 4G LTE devices, visit www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 107.7 million total wireless connections, including 90.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 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.