Verizon Wireless is rolling out its fourth-generation LTE network to several areas this week in parts of Pennsylvania, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee.
The high-speed network will be activated in those communities on April 21.
Verizon Wireless has been spending billions of dollars to roll out a next-generation wireless network that supports rich data applications such as video conferencing and simultaneous video streams.
At the end of last year, Verizon Wireless’ 4G network reached 38 major metropolitan areas and about 60 commercial airports in the United States. The activations this week are part of the operator’s plans to bring 4G LTE to an additional 140 markets by the end of 2011.
Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest mobile operator, said customers can expect speeds that are up to 10 times faster than its 3G network. Data rates will be between 5 and 12 megabits per second on the downlink and two to five Mbps on the uplink, according to the company. Verizon Wireless noted its 4G network will improve coverage inside buildings because it runs on a potent 700 Megahertz wireless frequency.
Verizon Wireless is bringing LTE to the Greater Lehigh Valley, Penn. Coverage will include the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, the I-78 corridor, portions of Lehigh and Northamton counties and Lehigh Valley International Airport.
Hilton Head, S.C., and surrounding areas also will have access later this week to Verizon Wireless’ 4G network. The company will provide coverage through the surrounding areas of Daufuskie Island, Moss Creek, Bluffton, Rose Hill, Buckwater, Sun City, Jasper and Pritchardville. Verizon Wireless is activating LTE in Columbia, S.C. and surrounding areas too. Some of those places include Lake Murray, Irmo, Seven Oaks and St. Andrews.
Look for Verizon's LTE in Wilmington, N.C., and surrounding areas as well.
Parts of Kentucky and Tennessee also will have access to Verizon Wireless’ 4G network. It's being turned on in Clarksville, Tenn., and surrounding areas, including Fort Campbell, St. Bethlehem and New Providence, as well as Oak Grove, Ky. And Hopkinsville, Ky. Finally, 4G service is being activated this week in Cleveland, Tenn., and providing coverage through the McDonald and Prospect areas.
Verizon Wireless expects to deploy its LTE 4G network throughout its entire 3G coverage area by the end of 2013.
The company, which served 94.1 million customers at the end of last year and posted 2010 revenues of $63.4 billion, states that its 3G network covers about 97 percent of the population.
Verizon Wireless’ co-parent, Verizon Communications, is scheduled to release its first quarter results on Thursday, April 21.