SAVANNAH, GA — On Dec. 15, more Verizon Wireless customers in more areas of the Savannah metropolitan area can take advantage of Verizon Wireless’ 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, the fastest 4G network in the nation. The expanded 4G coverage area includes the Southside residential areas, Skidaway, Whitemarsh, Wilmington and Tybee Islands, Rincon, Springfield, Guyton, Pembroke, Richmond Hill, Midway and Hinesville as well as Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield and Savannah International Airport.
Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network allows customers to share music and photos, surf the Web, and download files up to 10 times faster than with the company’s 3G network. Verizon Wireless initially launched its 4G LTE network in November in Savannah with coverage extending throughout the commercial and residential areas of the city including historic downtown Savannah and the riverfront as well as Thunderbolt, Garden City, Port Wentworth and Pooler
“Our network is the largest 4G LTE network in the nation, now covering more than 200 million people in 190 markets across the United States,” said Jonathan LeCompte, president – Georgia/Alabama region, Verizon Wireless. “We are expanding our network so that even more of Savannah’s residents, small businesses and local government can take advantage of the speed and connectivity offered by the next-generation network, which is continuing to push the boundaries of wireless communications.”
4G LTE Devices and Plans
Verizon Wireless customers can purchase a variety of 4G LTE-enabled devices, including notebooks and netbooks; hotspots and modems; and smartphones and tablets, such as the two new DROID XYBOARD tablets by Motorola, to connect to the largest 4G LTE network in the country. Details on each device can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE and information on plans and pricing is available at www.verizonwireless.com/plans.
4G LTE Coverage and Speed
The company is not only expanding the network in San Diego and San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Savannah, Ga.; Chicagoland, Ill.; and Baltimore and Hagerstown, Md., on Dec. 15, but also adding 11 new markets, for a total of 190 markets and more than 200 million people covered in 2011.
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE customers from Rincon to Hinesville 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, 4G LTE devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their city, or when they travel to an area already covered by 4G LTE.
For more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, 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 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.