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Customers Will Have Access To Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network In The Greater Mankato Area Of Minnesota On Aug. 16

Mankato Area Is Latest Market To Join Nation's Largest 4G LTE Network Covering Nearly 75 Percent Of U.S. Population

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August 8, 2012

Karen Smith


Maureen Cahill

MANKATO, MN — Verizon Wireless today announced it is bringing the nation’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to the greater Mankato Area of Minn. on Aug. 16.  The new market launch will provide customers in Mankato (and in communities south of Mankato) access to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network to locally surf the web, stream music and video, quickly access over-the-air applications, and stay in touch with family and friends at speeds up to 10 times faster than before.

When Verizon Wireless 4G LTE launches in the greater Mankato area coverage will extend as follows:

  • North on U.S. Highway 169 to St. Peter;
  • East on U.S. Highway 14 to three miles east of Waseca;
  • West on U.S. Highway 14 to two miles west of Nicollet and then from one mile east of Sleepy Eye to five miles west of Lamberton;
  • Southwest on State Highway 60 to St. James;
  • South on U.S. Highway 169 to Interstate 90 and Blue Earth including the town of Winnebago;
  • And, coverage along I-90 from Blue Earth to Fairmont.

“When we launch our 4G service in Mankato and other southern Minnesota communities, Verizon Wireless customers with 4G LTE smartphones, tablet and other devices, will have direct access to the superfast speeds that are available in 337 other markets today,” said Seamus Hyland, president-Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless.  “Since we launched our the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area with the first markets in the country on Dec. 10, 2010, we have continued to expand across the state, bringing our 4G LTE network to more communities.”

Verizon Wireless customers can choose from the largest selection of 4G LTE devices to experience the nation’s fastest 4G network.  Devices include a variety of tablets, mobile hotspots, smartphones and more, including the Samsung Galaxy S® III and the DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC.  Details on available devices can be found at and information on plans and pricing is available at

Verizon Wireless also offers a variety of smart accessories that customers can use with their 4G LTE devices.  These accessories include the FitBit Ultra Wireless Activity Tracker, the Withings WiFi Scale and the Helo TC Touch Controlled Helicopter, among others.  A full list of smart accessories can be found at    

In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.   

Visit for more information about the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network and a list of current markets.  Coverage maps will be available online for the greater Mankato area launch on Aug. 16.

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