On June 21st, Verizon will turn on the LTE switch in Columbus and Seymour, Ind., Traverse City, Mich and in Hickory North Carolina. Expanded service will be seen in southeast Massachusetts and Charlotte, N.C. and in the latter city, Verizon has been busy preparing for the Democratic National Convention
. According to RootMetrics, those living in the area or planning on visiting for the Convention will get better wireless service from Verizon than any other mobile operator in the area. Big Red has added in-building repeaters, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and capacity enhancements much of which will remain in place after the Convention ends.
"While our competitors are still focused on getting 4G LTE to major cities, we’ve had our network running in the Charlotte market for a year and half and are now focused on connecting the surrounding areas with high-speed wireless data access. Our 4G LTE network now covers more than 59 percent of North Carolina’s population."-Jerry Fountain, president of Verizon Wireless’ Carolinas/Tennessee region.
Verizon now has 258 markets covered with LTE, equal to more than two-thirds of the nation's population. Those able to access Verizon's 4G network should see download speeds of 5 to 12Mbps
and upload speeds of 2 to 5Mbps
. Verizon hopes to have 400 markets covered by its LTE signal by the end of this year.
source: Verizon (1