News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday October 09, 2012.
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Verizon was the first U.S. carrier to widely-deploy a 4G LTE network, and the carrier will reach a major milestone when it launches its 400th LTE market next week. Verizon had originally expected to service 400 areas by the end of 2012, but the company announced today that it has exceeded expectations and will be in 417 markets by October 18. The carrier will launch in 21 new markets next week, including in Marquette, Mich., the 400th area to see an LTE switch flipped.
According to Verizon's estimates, 245 million people in the U.S., which is about 77 percent of the population, will live in an area with access to its 4G LTE network. The majority of Verizon customers have yet to migrate to its fourth generation network; however Verizon is far ahead of rivals AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. The rise in LTE-capable phones and the spread of its 4G footprint should change that in the coming months. As of September, more than 35 percent of the data trafficked across its network was transferred via LTE.
Verizon has named the cities that will launch LTE service next week, as well as the markets that can expect to access LTE by the end of 2012. LTE will launch in the following markets October 18:
- Gadsden, Ala.
- Chico/Oroville, Calif.
- Owensboro, Ky.
- Waterville/Augusta, Maine
- Marquette, Mich.
- Brainerd and Fergus Falls/Alexandria, Minn.
- Hattiesburg and Laurel, Miss.
- Columbia, Mo.
- Norfolk and North Platte, Neb.
- Clovis, N.M.
- Jamestown, N.Y.
- Bend and Medford/Grants Pass, Ore.
- Amarillo and Victoria, Texas
- Aberdeen and Walla Walla, Wash.
- and Morgantown, W. Va.
LTE will be available in the following markets by the end of 2012:
- Selma, Ala.
- Blytheville, Ark.
- Flagstaff, Nogales, Prescott and Sierra Vista/Douglas, Ariz.
- Eureka, Calif.
- Grand Junction, Colo.
- Lewiston/Moscow, Idaho
- Vincennes/Washington, Ind.
- Fort Dodge and Ottumwa/Oskaloosa, Iowa
- Petoskey, Mich.
- Willmar/Marshall, Minn.
- Butte, Mont.
- Grand Island/Kearney and Hastings, Neb.
- Lebanon/Claremont, N.H.
- Farmington and Gallup, N.M.
- East Liverpool/Salem, Ohio
- Muskogee, Okla.
- Pendleton and Roseburg, Ore.
- Sumter, S.C.
- Abilene, Texas
- Keene, N.H./Brattleboro, Vt.
- Kennewick/Pasco/Richland, Port Angeles, Wenatchee and Yakima, Wash.
- and Riverton and Rock Springs, Wyo.
Service in the following markets will expand on Oct. 18:
- Tuscaloosa, Ala.
- Bakersfield, Fresno and Los Angeles, Calif.
- New Haven/Waterbury, Conn.
- Jacksonville, Fla.
- Albany/Tifton, Athens and Gainesville, Ga.
- Hilo and Honolulu, Hawaii
- Idaho Falls and Pocatello, Idaho
- Bloomington, Decatur/Effingham and Peoria, Ill.
- Evansville, Ind.
- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
- Pittsburg/Parsons, Kan.
- Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing, Mich.
- St. Cloud, Minn.
- Jackson, Miss.
- Joplin and Kansas City, Mo.
- Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.
- Albany/Schenectady, New York, Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y.
- Knoxville, Tenn.
- Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma, Wash.
- and Casper/Gillette, Wyo.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.