After many months (and years) of planning, releasing, and integration, Verizon Wireless has completed its initial rollout of 4G LTE in the United States. The last, and 500th market reached is Parkersburg, West Virginia, but Verizon says that Liberal, Kansas and Warren, Pennsylvania are also getting LTE service today, so the total number of LTE market reaches well over 500. So basically, Verizon has covered 99% of its existing 3G network with 4G LTE which is proportionate to 95% of the US population; about 298 million people.
“It’s about more than just speed, we provide speed where you want it, when you want it.”“It’s about more than just speed, we provide speed where you want it, when you want it,” said Palmer. It goes on without saying that Verizon’s LTE advertised speeds of 5-12Mbps down and 2-5Mbps up are usually always achieved on the user’s end, and in fact most of the time, surpasses those numbers.
As for complete departure of 3G? Not anytime soon; LTE-only devices will most likely make a debut starting in 2015, the same year that VZW’s 3G network will start to see less support.
Via: Verizon Wireless