Verizon Wireless: New Expansion Makes 4G Available in 55 Metro Areas

Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile operator, said its fourth-generation LTE network is now available in 55 metropolitan areas thanks to further expansion Thursday.

The Basking Ridge, N.J.-based company announced that it is activating its 4G network in nine metropolitan areas today and expanding the infrastructure in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans and Philadelphia.

High-speed coverage also is available in such other major cities as Boston, Detroit, New York, Miami, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

Verizons third-generation network covers about 290 million Americans, but the wireless operator is aggressively building out a more advanced network that is up to 10 times faster than 3G and is capable of supporting gaming and other rich applications that hog bandwidth.  

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.

A joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group PLC, Verizon Wireless serves 104 million connections, including roughly 88 million retail customers.

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