Verizon’s continuing nationwide expansion of its 4G LTE network now offers high speed wireless, reliable broadband to over 110m people in 74 markets.
4G LTE, or Long Term Evolution, is the 4th generation of a wireless broadband standard that supersedes 3G technologies like GSM/UMTS. The 4G specification specifies maximum data rate of 100 Mbps, yet Verizon expects most users to experience 5 to 12 Mbps download speeds, making Verizon’s network the world’s largest 4G LTE network.
Verizon’s 4G LTE is 10 times faster than its previous offering, allowing mobile wireless users to download files, share photos and music, and surf the internet using their 4G smartphones. Verizon offers service in major urban centers, more than 60 airports, and includes great coverage in smaller centers like College Station, Texas. Only Verizon’s 4G LTE network covers rural coverage that includes more than 2.1 million people in rural communities spread out over an area of over 72,000 square miles.
Verizon’s network expansion also adds new smartphones and other devices to their lineup including the LG Revolution with its capability to watch Netflix movies; Samsung Droid Charge with Wi-Fi tethering capability, the HTC Thunderbolt, and WiFi hotspots like its MiFi 4150L that provides mobile, high-speed, simultaneous internet connectivity for up to five WiFi enabled devices.
Connectivity when traveling outside of a 4G LTE area is seamless. Smartphones and other devices automatically connect to Verizon’s reliable 3G network that features coast-to-coast coverage. Smartphone users on Verizon’s network enjoy high-speed, reliable, always-on connectivity to keep up with news, get real-time maps for GPS applications, and stay connected to work with fast, reliable file sharing and support for the latest apps on both mobile computing and smartphone platforms.
Verizon Nationwide monthly talk plans start at just $39.99 per month and the unlimited 4G LTE data plan is only $29.99 per month, with unlimited nationwide smartphone data access. Mobile hotspot data services for devices like the MiFi 4510 and 4G LTE USB modem 511L start at $50 per month and include 5Gb of data that includes easy data usage tracking online.
Verizon’s network expansion eclipses Sprint’s rollout of its WiMAX network, that completed at the end of 2010. Sprint with its partner, Clearwire, provides network coverage to just 120m people, putting Verizon in a clear lead. Sprint and Clearwire are expected to change their 4G strategy by adding LTE, yet they have not made any announcements.
AT&T has plans to deploy its own LTE network this summer in markets like San Antonio. Chicago, and Atlanta, plus 10 more markets by the end of the year. While T-Mobile does not currently have any plans for a new network, it is upgrading its network to HSPA+, high speed packet access plus, that makes it possible to offer speeds that compete with 4G LTE.
Verizon recently showed-off new applications for it’s 4G LTE network that focus on Telematics at the Telematics 2011 Conference in Detroit on June 8 and 9.
Telematics integrates information and telecommunications technologies into vehicles, like your car. Telematics provides functionality to your car that includes location-based services, infotainment, safety and security, and data services for the vehicle’s occupants and applications they use. Telematics transforms your car into a car with that integrates with always-on connectivity to the internet and the services that support your car like emergency, safety, routing, and concierge services.