Verizon Wireless has been highly aggressive in adding new locations in the US for its faster LTE-based 4G wireless network. That technology allows for download speeds of between five to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of between two and five Mbps on LTE-compatible smartphones and other devices. The company previously announced that it would add 22 new US cities to the network on October 20 along with expansions of four US metro areas. This week Verizon announced that it will add another 13 cities to the LTE network on November 17 along with expanding the network in five other US metro areas.
The new cities that will be added to the LTE network include Kansas City, Missouri, Little Rock Arkansas, Savannah, Georgia, Greater, Providence, Rhode Island and more. In addition, the Verizon LTE network will be expanded in the cities of Louisville, Kentucky; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Nashville, Tennessee. Once those cities are included, the LTE network by Verizon will be live in over 175 US cities and metro areas. Verizon plans to have the LTE network in all of its 3G locations by 2013.
Verizon's success with its LTE network has got the other major wireless companies scrambling to get their own LTE networks up and running. AT&T launched its own LTE network earlier this year but currently it is only in five US cities. AT&T has plans to launch an additional 10 cities with LTE support by the end of the year. Last week Sprint announced it would be building and launching its own LTE-based wireless network in 2012 which should replace its current WiMax-based 4G network.