HICKORY, NC — Verizon Wireless announced today it is bringing the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to Hickory, N.C. on June 21. The availability of a 4G LTE wireless network in Hickory is part of the company’s aggressive expansion of its network in South Carolina and its plans to offer the advanced technology to the entire state by 2013. Verizon Wireless currently covers more than 59 percent of North Carolina’s population with the lightning fast 4G LTE service, which delivers speeds 10 times faster than 3G.
The deployment of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE in Hickory will also extend coverage to the surrounding areas of Conover, Lenoir, Morganton and Newton, ensuring customers can enjoy the best experience in wireless data usage when they stream video, share music and photos, download files and surf the Web.
“We’re committed to providing our customers with the fastest and most reliable 4G network in America, and our plan to launch 4G LTE in Hickory this year is evidence of our team’s ongoing focus,” said Jerry Fountain, president of Verizon Wireless’ Carolinas/Tennessee region. “The speed, in-building penetration, and reliability of our 4G LTE allow consumers and businesses to expect a new level of efficiency and productivity from a wireless network.”
Verizon Wireless is building its 4G LTE network with the same commitment to performance and dependability for which it has long been recognized. The company’s laser focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year. Average data rates for Verizon’s 4G LTE are 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments. These speeds are significantly faster than Verizon Wireless and other wireless providers’ current or promised 3G network speeds.
By leveraging its 700 MHz spectrum for LTE deployment in the United States, Verizon Wireless is capable of quickly deploying a high-quality wireless broadband network with excellent coverage. The company is currently installing LTE equipment at existing cell sites and switching centers around the United States as part of its extensive, ongoing investment in its voice and data network infrastructure. Currently, Verizon’s 4G LTE network is available to 258 markets, to more than two-thirds of the U.S. population.
Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 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.