Today Verizon detailed the launch cities for its initial deployment of its 4G LTE network at CTIA. The initial deployment is going to cover about 110 million Americans by the end of this year and cover an additional 60 commercial airports coast to coast. Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon said:
We are driven by the vision to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband connectivity and mobility to rural and urban Americans alike. With our initial 4G LTE launch, we will immediately reach more than one-third of all Americans where they live, right from the start. And we will quickly introduce 4G LTE throughout the Verizon coverage area.
McAdam continued with a highlight of the metropolitan areas covered in the initial launch which include the following:
- Large sections of the Northeast Corridor, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. as well as Rochester, New York
- Throughout Miami and south Florida, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and New Orleans as well as Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee
- Chicagoland, St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Pittsburgh and major cities in Ohio
- Major population centers in California as well as Seattle, Phoenix, Denver and Las Vegas
Verizon also plans to deploy their 4G LTE network on Purdue Univeristy’s campus to further enhance learning with mobility. Verizon expects the network to perform well under load with an expected downstream of 5-12 Mbps and 2-5 Mbps upstream. These speeds are indeed significantly faster than the current 3G speeds with download speeds of around 2 Mbps on average.
Check out the full press release below for additional details and cities where the networks will be deployed.