ASHEVILLE, NC — Verizon Wireless today announced that the company is launching the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Asheville, N.C. on Oct. 20. Already, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network is available in 143 cities across the country, with 12 devices for consumers to choose from, including the new Pantech Breakout™ and DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola. With the new market launch, residents in Western North Carolina will be able to take advantage of the power of the 4G LTE network with speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network.
The Asheville 4G footprint provides coverage to the city of Asheville, Hendersonville, Brevard, Cashiers and Franklin as well as continuous 4G LTE coverage from Waynesville in Haywood county to Murphy in Cherokee county along the Hwy 19/74 corridor.
“The speed and connectivity provided by our 4G LTE network is revolutionizing the way our customers communicate,” said Jerry Fountain, the president of the Carolinas/Tennessee Region for Verizon Wireless. “We are excited to bring the possibilities 4G LTE affords to Asheville area residents in the Blue Ridge Mountains.”
Residents of Asheville, N.C. can choose from 12 devices on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network including:
- Smartphones: Pantech Breakout, DROID BIONIC by Motorola, Revolution™ by LG, DROID Charge by Samsung and ThunderBolt™ by HTC
- Tablets: Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 with 4G LTE
- Notebooks and Netbooks: HP® Pavilion dm1-3010nr Entertainment PC and Compaq™ Mini CQ10-688nr with built-in 4G LTE
- Hotspots: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi™ 4510L and Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot SCH-LC11
- Modems: Verizon Wireless 4G LTE USB Modem 551L and Pantech UML290 USB Modem
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 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. Verizon Wireless introduced its 4G LTE network on Dec. 5, 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans, and has already expanded to cover more than half the U.S. population. Since launch, the 4G LTE network has won numerous technology and consumer choice awards. The company will continue to rapidly expand its 4G LTE network and is on course to cover more than 185 million Americans by the end of 2011.
As the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy a large-scale 4G LTE network, Verizon Wireless is committed to building its 4G LTE network with the same performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized. Verizon Wireless’ consistent focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year. The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G LTE, including a contiguous, nationwide network license.
Visit www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE 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 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.