Verizon LTE to cover over 75 percent of US Thursday

Verizon Wireless has been the clear leader in offering "4G" network speeds in the US. While Sprint was first out of the gate with its WiMax network, the company stumbled when it basically ran out of money to expand the infrastructure. Verizon launched its first 4G locations with LTE in late December 2010 and has been very aggressive in adding new US cities over the past couple of years.

Today, Verizon announced that it would add another 34 new cities in the US on Thursday, along with expanding coverage in another 38 markets. Verizon says that this will allow the company to give over 75 percent of the US population access to its LTE network. Verizon has said in the past that it plans to expand that to 97 percent of the US population by the end of 2013.

Meanwhile, Verizon's two biggest competitors, AT&T and Sprint, have been busy building their own LTE networks. AT&T first launched its version in a few US cities in September but its LTE footprint is still well behind that of Verizon's. After abandoning further expansion of its WiMax network, Sprint has been working on its own LTE setup. While it has yet to formally launch, Sprint has been testing its LTE network in places such as northern California.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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Smart Verizon...very smart...Lower your data plan amounts......make faster speeds so people hit and go over their caps faster and get charged over usage amounts. I can wait till wifi coverage is universal and put these greedy cellular companies in there place!

This is perfect timing. Road trip this weekend for a LONG drive. I guess I won't have to worry about Netflix buffering while I'm the passenger!

Verizon's the only mobile network that's any good out in my area. 2nd is Sprint and ATT is the worst of all the big ones in my area.

wow verizon is really ahead of the curve here. my guess is this news is going to be a positive factor in the announcement of the lte-enabled (presumably) iphone 5

I really do hate a lot of things about Verizon, but this is one area they they absolutely blow the competitors out of the water. They may charge a stupid amount for some of the plans(so does most every other carrier though), but at least you know they are actually putting that money back into the system and not just lining their pockets. Nobody expands and develops their network like they do.

I am Reid said,
I really do hate a lot of things about Verizon, but this is one area they they absolutely blow the competitors out of the water. They may charge a stupid amount for some of the plans(so does most every other carrier though), but at least you know they are actually putting that money back into the system and not just lining their pockets. Nobody expands and develops their network like they do.

Agreed - the carrier I'm with in my country was the former government owned monopoly and sure it gets a lot of flack but when it comes to investing and upgrading their network they're second to none. Nationwide pure 3G network utilising 850Mhz and 2100Mhz in the built up areas for capacity - for all the crowing of the competition nothing beats the carrier I'm with when it comes to coverage.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Agreed - the carrier I'm with in my country was the former government owned monopoly and sure it gets a lot of flack but when it comes to investing and upgrading their network they're second to none. Nationwide pure 3G network utilising 850Mhz and 2100Mhz in the built up areas for capacity - for all the crowing of the competition nothing beats the carrier I'm with when it comes to coverage.

+1 Telstra