Verizon’s got half the country covered with LTE

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Verizon (s vz) is turning on its LTE network in 15 cities and expanding 4G coverage in 10 cities, bringing more than half the U.S. population under its next-generation wireless network on Thursday. Eight months after its initial launch, Verizon’s LTE network now covers 160 million people in 117 cities.

The expansion keeps Verizon well ahead of AT&T,(s t) which is preparing to turn on its LTE network and just announced two new LTE devices that will have to settle for HSPA+ until true 4G comes online. AT&T has plans to offer LTE service in five markets this summer, but it has not yet announced a launch date for its new network. Verizon expects to have 185 million consumers covered by the end of this year.

Verizon’s LTE network is advertising speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second on download and 2 to 5 Mbps for uploads. My colleague Kevin C. Tofel has gotten speeds at the top of Verizon’s advertised range in testing.

Verizon is touting its 700 MHz spectrum, which it said allows it to build a nationwide contiguous network, along with other advantages. The operator is also using its spectrum in conjunction with rural operators to bring LTE to 2.1 million consumers outside big cities. Verizon has been one of the world’s leaders in LTE, and it’s good to see that the company isn’t taking things too slowly with the 4G network rollout. That should light a fire under rivals and ensure that we see faster speeds across the U.S. from all carriers.

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PXLated

The key word is “population”.
They still don’t have the “country” covered in cell service say nothing of 3G data. Travel from Mt. Rushmore to Denver sometime – no cell, that’s why you still find pay phone (remember them) for the weary traveler that breaks down.
3G’s only a dream if you travel off the beaten path “at all”. 4G is just a fantasy.

Luscious

Verizon still doesn’t compete on price or service. $45/month gets me unlimited 4G from Sprint/Clearwire. Rack up just 30GB of traffic with your laptop over one month and Verizon’s LTE isn’t so good looking any more…

Verizon can tout speeds and coverage all they want – that’s all they CAN say about LTE. The price was wrong from the start, and the unrealistic caps make it unusable.

Greg Hannigan

Yet here I sit only about 50 miles north of NYC with no 4G. Albany has it 100 miles north of me, but here between both its no dice.

FarmerBob

OK. Great. Now will I be able to get a call in downtown Denver? No problem in the middle of the California Desert though. It sounded like it was next door. Denver, nope. That is no call.

JaCar

“My colleague Kevin has gotten speeds at the top of Verizon’s advertised range in testing.”

Well I’m not sure if it’s Kevin’s location but my speeds in NYC are about 3 times faster: [IMG]http://i55.tinypic.com/2iau7f9.png[/IMG]

Kevin C. Tofel

Those are some awesome speeds! Note that I tested on the fringe of coverage back in December when the LTE network had just launched.

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