Verizon has a great reputation right now of being the most prolific carrier in terms of LTE rollouts. The carrier is holding up that title today by announcing that, on April 19th, its fast 4G network will cover over two-thirds of the US on April 19th.
Big Red will introduce LTE to 27 new markets on Thursday, while expanding existing coverage in another 44. Again, this addition will bring LTE to over two-thirds of US citizens. The company was already expecting to achieve this goal by mid-year 2012 – obviously, it exceeded it by a good chunk of time.
At the end of this year, Verizon plans to have over 400 LTE markets lit up, covering 260 million people. Considering that the carrier’s first LTE phone, the HTC Thunderbolt, launched just last year, I’d say Verizon has done one heck of a job rolling out its technology.
I’m hopeful that this will push AT&T and Sprint to roll out their respective LTE networks quicker, but I’m a Verizon customer, too, so this is great news for me. The new additions/expansions are listed past the break; are you part of the good news?
“On Thursday, April 19, the company will introduce its 4G LTE network in Auburn and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Pine Bluff, Siloam Springs and Van Buren, Ark.; Visalia/Porterville, Calif.; Fort Walton Beach and Ocala, Fla.; Brunswick, LaGrange and Macon/Warner Robins, Ga.; Peoria, Ill.; Kokomo/Logansport and Marion, Ind.; Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend and Hays, Kan.; Salisbury, Md.; Cattaraugus/Allegany, N.Y.; Sandusky, Ohio; Ardmore and Ponca City, Okla.; Salem/Albany/Corvallis, Ore.; Pierre, S.D.; and Big Springs and Tyler, Texas.”
“The company will also expand its 4G LTE network in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, Sacramento, Salinas/Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and Stockton, Calif.; Colorado Springs and Fort Collins/Loveland, Colo.; Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.; Boise/Nampa, Idaho; Carbondale/Marion and Rockford, Ill.; Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Ind.; Des Moines, Iowa; Boston and Worcester, Mass.; Detroit, Mich.; St. Louis, Mo.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Manchester/Nashua, N.H.; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.; Buffalo/Niagara Falls and New York, N.Y.; Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Providence/Pawtucket, R.I.; Nashville, Tenn.; El Paso, Texas; Provo/Orem and Salt Lake City/Ogden, Utah; and Olympia/Centralia and Spokane, Wash.”