TAMPA, FL — Verizon Wireless launched yesterday the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G/LTE (Fourth Generation/Long-Term Evolution) services in six major markets in Florida, and expects to complete the highest-speed wireless network throughout the entire state by 2013.
In yesterday’s initial LTE launch, wireless customers in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Tampa Bay, Orlando and Jacksoville were provided access to the 4G network and services that feature speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s industry-leading 3G network.
Florida Verizon Wireless network teams spent hundreds of thousands of man-hours preparing the LTE network for the December 5 rollout, and technicians already are working intensively to bring 4G services to markets in Southwest Florida, the Panhandle and all other areas of the state as soon as possible.
“We’ve seen the blazing performance of this new network and already are hearing great reports from happy customers,” said Pam Tope, Florida region president for Verizon Wireless. “We look forward to bringing the service to all of Florida, and we have the nation’s most talented and proven team of network experts on the job.”
The build-out of the LTE Florida network is the newest step in the ongoing emphasis on network reliability and superiority for Verizon Wireless. The company invested nerly $200 million in the past year and more than $2.2 billion since 2000 solely on network investments and enhancements in the state.
With the latest 4G LTE progression of wireless technology, the company expects average data rates in real-world, loaded network environments to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
These speeds will allow for smooth mobile video-conferencing, multiple simultaneous video streams, speedy transfer of large files, downloading and running of powerful programs, and numerous other applications to improve efficiency and productivity wirelessly.
Initially, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE services can be accessed on laptop computers equipped with either the LG VL600 or Pantech UML290 wireless modems. Both USB modems provide backward-compatibility with the Verizon Wireless 3G network. If laptop users travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, they will automatically stay connected on the company’s 3G network, the nation’s largest and most reliable.
Additional 4G devices will be launched in coming months, and the company expects consumer-oriented LTE handsets will be available by mid-2011.
Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 79,000 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.