Verizon expands its LTE presence out west

Verizon expands its LTE presence out west
As competition in the U.S. 4G LTE market seems ready to really bust out this year, current leader Verizon is expanding its presence out west to California and Nevada. In the former, the expanded markets getting LTE service are Stockton, Fresno, Monterey, and the San Francisco Bay. The lone non-California market is Reno, Nevada.

With AT&T slowly but surely growing its LTE coverage and Sprint expected to flip the switch on its new service in June, Verizon needs to keep expanding its LTE pipeline so that it can keep its commanding lead over the other carriers. According to Droid-Life, some Verizon customers in Kokomo, IN have noticed 4G coverage in an area that used to be just 3G. Additionally, Droid-Life recently went though Verizon's press releases and found 44 markets where the carrier will add new LTE service, expand or enhance current LTE service. You can check out the list at the sourcelink. Currently Verizon's LTE service is available to over 200 million people in more than 200 markets and supports 20 4G LTE devices.

LTE phone shipments are expected to hit a level ten times last year's number with 67 million units estimated to be shipped globally in 2012, according to the latest report by Strategy Analytics. 6.8 million LTE handsets were shipped last year with most of them ending up headed to Verizon.

source: Verizon via  DroidLife

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