WILMINGTON, MA — One year after introducing America’s fastest 4G network, Verizon Wireless today announced the completion of $297 million in wireless network enhancements across New England during 2011, increasing the company's regional network investment to more than $3 billion since its inception in 2000. During the year, Verizon Wireless expanded its 4G LTE network, providing customers with speeds up to ten times faster than 3G, to more than 195 markets nationwide, including a dozen throughout New England. Nationally, Verizon Wireless has invested more than $70 billion since it was formed to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide networks and to add new services.
Verizon Wireless Brings 4G LTE to New England: A Timeline
- December 2010:
- Engineered, tested and optimized pre-commercial LTE test network throughout Boston
- Launched blazing fast 4G LTE network in the Metro Boston area, reaching residents as far West as Framingham, as far North as Lawrence and as far South as Brockton
- May 2011:
- July 2011:
- August 2011:
- November 2011:
- Activated 4G LTE in Rhode Island, giving customers using 4G LTE devices in 21 communities in and around Providence
- December 2011:
Additional Regional Network Milestones in 2011
- Recognized for ranking highest among all other national wireless providers in New England in the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Wireless Call Quality Performance Study (SM), Volume 1 and J.D. Power and Associates 2011 Wireless Call Quality Performance Study (SM), Volume 2
- Deployed mobile cell sites known as Cells on Wheels (COWs), network repeaters and wireless phones, modems and Mobile Hot Spots to provide additional communications support to first responders bringing relief to areas impacted by extreme weather in 2011, including tornadoes in Western Massachusetts and flooding in Vermont
- Engineered a shared Distributed Antenna System inside Fenway to enhance voice and data coverage for baseball fans
- Deployed 4G LTE coverage within major airports Boston Logan International Airport; Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT; T.F. Green International Airport in Warwick, RI; and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire
- Continued to test the quality of the company’s and competitors’ networks using a team of test men, test women and special vehicles to measure the 4G LTE Verizon Wireless network performance versus other carriers
- Upgraded and expanded 3G wireless coverage throughout the New England region
Verizon Wireless’ Viewpoints
“Our New England-area investment in network coverage, reliability, and technology, including 4G LTE, topped $297 million in 2011 and provided many businesses and residents the opportunity to connect in faster, more innovative ways,” said Christine Berberich, New England Region President for Verizon Wireless. “As New England’s wireless leader, we continue to aggressively invest in our networks and plan to bring 4G LTE to many more communities in 2012.”
“Since 2000, we’ve invested over $3 billion into our New England wireless network to provide our customers the fastest and most reliable mobile coverage. After all, today’s wireless devices are still only as fast and reliable as the network they run on,” commented Rich Enright, Executive Director of Network for Verizon Wireless.
4G LTE Overview
Verizon Wireless introduced the globe’s first large-scale LTE network on December 5, 2010, currently offers service in 195 markets nationwide, covering more than 200 million people, and is on course to deliver 4G LTE to its entire 3G wireless footprint by the end of 2013. The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G, including a contiguous, nationwide network license.
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 a 4G coverage area, their devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, 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 about Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, please 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 108.7 million total wireless connections, including 92.2 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 82,000 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.