Verizon LTE hits its 500th market completing the initial buildout

Verizon LTE hits its 500th market completing the initial buildout
AT&T may be able to claim the fastest LTE network across the U.S., but Verizon certainly has the most expansive. Today, Verizon announced that it has lit up its LTE network in its 500th market, which completes the initial buildout of the network, and means that Verizon's LTE network covers almost the same area as its CDMA network.

Verizon began building its LTE network back in 2010, and now it covers 99% of its CDMA footprint. Parkersburg, West Virginia gets the honor as the 500th market to get Verizon's LTE network, which now covers 298 million people, and that's an impressive figure considering there are only about 330 million in the country, and a fair portion of that number are children who probably don't need LTE service just yet. 

Verizon has completed the buildout, but hasn't yet turned on LTE service in Alaska. That is expected to happen as soon as next month, and will mark Verizon being in all 50 states for the first time, because Alaska did not have Verizon coverage before. 

Of course, completing the buildout is only one step of the process, because Verizon still needs to work on increasing network capacity in more densely populated areas like NYC. Verizon has confirmed that it is already working on those issues, and cites its newly acquired AWS spectrum as part of the solution there. 

source: Verizon via Engadget

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18 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The new mobile view for PA is actually not that bad. Good job guys. OT: Verizon has the best coverage, yes, but the prices of their plans are expensive. You get what you pay for and as of now, you're paying for LTE coverage all over the country.

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It's worth it IMO. I wouldn't leave Verizon, even if AT&T is faster and has better devices. I respect Verizon for going straight to LTE, building the network as quickly as they did, and focusing on covering as wide an area as possible. I don't love the company, but I have to respect them.

11. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

According to there coverage maps, I should be covered in LTE. Yet the LTE network here is spotty and unreliable.

15. Malique001

Posts: 58; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

It states that it covers "almost" the same area as 3G. Remember, as long as you get at least one bar of LTE, you're technically covered. When Verizon refarms its 3G to LTE, you should get greater service from it because every cell tower will transmit a LTE signal.

17. Daftama

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Lets don't straight as much as I hate vzw At&t does not have the fastest 4G LTE they have the fastest 4G according to spectrum wise vzw has the lowest which 700 I believe thus making them the fastest 4LTE, ppl who dont know fall for commercial like largest 4G and first 4G and fastest 4G yet they are not true 4G LTE....

18. Daftama

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Lets get it straight

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

New look? Looks ......good :)

4. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

I HATE it, switched to Desktop View. Don't get me wrong, it's probably great for those who have super slow phones or flashless watered-down web iBrowsers.

3. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Wow, 500!!!!!!!, and that's just the "initial roll-out"!! Well, damn, that's why my Verizon SuperSmartphone blazes all over the web. Verizon = Tramping on the rest!!!

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The LTE signal here in my little northern Florida town is pretty weak, but it's still here. Great job Verizon, you're the best

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, same here in Spring Hill, TN but just the west side.

6. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

thats great but i wish they improved there lte signal over here in los angeles i stilll have my work phone with them and lte signal in most buildings is pretty weak phone drops down to 3G and i get full bars of 3G i also have my personal phone from att and from what i noticed att maintains lte deep in buiildings.

7. JMartin22

Posts: 2311; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Now that they have LTE done. They have to start all over again and do LTE Advanced.

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I would expect the transition from LTE to LTE-Advanced to be much, much easier with the infrastructure currently in place. I don't know enough about the tech, but would it be more of a software update?

12. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Nope. LTE advanced has a different architecture to delivering the signal to devices than normal LTE. For example, if a LTE network gets congested, normally you'd just have to deal with it. With LTE advanced it decides if a network tower is already congested and switches you to a tower with less people. It also has far better speeds (100mps compared to the 15mps currently offered by their network). They have to update their towers, phones, and the phones need to support the network (snapdragon 800 chips come with LTE advanced support built in).

13. TechnoTechyes

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 24, 2011

That 'children' comment is pointless, Verizon is including children in their 298 Million number. You should remove it. Remove children and they would have to say they cover about 215 million people. More/Less Verizon is claiming that where 90% of the people live, they have LTE. But they are not claiming anything about where people travel. Right now in the west, people drive in and out of LTE covered areas daily. Their LTE coverage in the west is about half their CDMA coverage.

14. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Going by your math then from your own statement, Verizon's CDMA coverage is about 430 million people?! Damn when did we get this many people in the US.

16. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

If I do recall there CDMA coverage in the west was spotty to begin with, but that being said it doesn't explain the lack of LTE in the west.

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