OCALA, FL — Wireless customers in Ocala soon will have access to the nation’s fastest 4G wireless network, when Verizon Wireless launches its most advanced network technology here later this month. Ocala will join 15 Florida markets that already offer Verizon Wireless 4G LTE (Fourth Generation/Long-Term Evolution) services.
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network now covers more than 200 million people in 203 markets, including more than 75 percent of Florida’s population. Verizon Wireless plans to more than double the number of its 4G LTE markets, bringing the total markets to more than 400, by the end of the year.
With the additional new markets and continued expansions, the company’s 4G LTE network will cover more than 260 million people in the United States by the end of 2012. The rollout of 4G LTE across Verizon’s entire network footprint is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2013.
4G LTE technology is up to 10 times faster than the company’s industry-leading 3G network. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
The 4G LTE network allows streaming videos with no buffering, or downloading and viewing full-length HD movies. Music lovers can download songs in seconds, gamers can take part in multiplayer online action, and social media types can upload photos and posts while on-the-go. Business owners can use the efficiency and speed of the 4G LTE network to boost their bottom line.
“Ocala residents and businesses will love the speed and power of 4G LTE,” said Pam Tope, Florida region president for Verizon Wireless. “We’re proud to continue to expand this superior technology throughout the state and the nation.”
The Verizon 4G LTE network was named “Fastest 4G Network Yet” by Popular Science’s 2011 Best of What’s New Awards, and ranked No. 1 on PC World’s 100 Best Products of 2011.
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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves nearly 108 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.