Even as AT&T and others struggle to launch faster wireless networks that can be legitimately called "4G", Verizon's own LTE network keeps on expanding. Last week it added nine new cities to its LTE network in the US and expanded coverage in four more cities. Today, in a swarm of press releases, Verizon announced that 21 more cities will go live with their LTE/4G network on June 16 which should give customers download speeds of between 5 and 12 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 5 Mbps.
The list of new cities include some rather large additions in terms of population as Salt Lake City, Utah, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Indianapolis, Indiana and Hartford, Connecticut will all soon be under the LTE umbrella. In addition there will be larger areas of previously launched cities available for the fast 4G access such as more of the San Francisco Bay area in California and more of the metro Detroit, Michigan population. Smaller cities and metro areas like Boise, Idaho, Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina and Dayton, Ohio will also go live with their LTE networks on June 16.
Verizon currently plans to launch the 4G LTE service in 175 metropolitan areas in the US by the end of 2011 and it should cover the entire network currently serviced by Verizon's 3G wireless technology by the end of 2013. AT&T is also prepping to launch its own version of a 4G LTE network for its customers. It claims that its speeds will be faster than those of Verizon LTE service. However AT&T's network won't launch until sometime in the middle of 2011.