Verizon Wireless will activate and expand its fourth-generation network in several cities on Thursday, May 19.
Down south, the wireless provider will activate its 4G LTE network in the following areas: Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.; Gainesville, Pensacola and Tallahassee, Fla.; and Mobile and Montgomery, Ala.
Verizon Wireless, the largest mobile operator in the United States with about 88 million retail customers, also is expanding its high-speed network across the greater Chicago area and northwest Indiana. The company said the network will be available to more customers north to the Illinois/Wisconsin state line, as well as to customers east to Portage, Ind., south to Monee, Ill.. and west to communities of North Aurora and Geneva, Ill. Verizon Wireless launched its 4G network last December in Chicago.
More customers across the Philadelphia metro area also will have access to the 4G network. Verizon Wireless said its expansion will improve coverage in New Jersey to the northwestern sections of Gloucester, Camden and Burlington counties. And in Bucks County, Penn., 4G coverage will be expanded to include areas surrounding Newtown, Richboro and Buckingham. Consumers and businesses in Philadelphia, including Philly International Airport, portions of South Jersey and Delaware, have had access to Verizon Wireless high-speed network since last December.
The LTE network reached 38 metropolitan areas and about 60 commercial airports in the U.S. at the end of last year, and Verizon Wireless plans to bring 4G LTE to an additional 140 markets by the end of 2011.
The network is up to 10 times faster than 3G, according to Basking Ridge, N.J.-based Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group PLC.