Back at CES Verizon had announced that they had already rolled out their initial 39 cities, and were expanding to 49 more, with plans to hit more then 140 cities by year end. Today, at CTIA Verizon announced that they will be adding 59 more markets to the existing ones, bringing them one step closer to their goal for the year. This news is bound to make many Verizon users happy, as they anxiously await 4G in their areas to take full advantage of new devices like the HTC Thunderbolt. Hit the break for a full list of covered cities, and the newly announced cities. [Verizon]

Verizon Wireless Brings 4G LTE To More Than 145 Markets By The End Of 2011


BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Today, Verizon Wireless unveiled an additional 59 markets that will benefit from the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network by the end of this year.  These newly named areas, added to the 39 initial markets launched in December 2010 and 49 markets announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, mean that consumers and businesses in at least 147 U.S. cities will have access to the fastest, most advanced 4G mobile network in America.

David Small, chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless, said, “Aggressively expanding this powerful network beyond major metro areas reflects the reality that the 4G LTE ecosystem is growing quickly. Our commitment to reach deep into medium-sized cities and smaller communities by the end of 2011 means the power of 4G LTE can be harnessed and provide advanced services to law enforcement, healthcare workers, educators, and other professionals, as well as to individual consumers, sooner than many thought possible. So whether you spend time in New York and San Francisco, or Harrisburg, Penn., Saginaw/Bay City, Mich., Huntsville, Ala. and Las Cruces, New Mexico, you can connect to the most advanced 4G network in the country.”

(EDITORS NOTE: A list of new 4G LTE markets launching in 2011 follows this news release.)

The HTC ThunderBolt™, launched Thursday, March 17, is the first in a suite of consumer-oriented smartphones, tablets, hotspots and notebooks that will run on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network by the middle of this year. The new consumer devices join two USB modems from Pantech and LG which have been providing laptop users with speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network. In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.

Verizon Wireless is building its 4G LTE network with the same commitment to performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized. Verizon Wireless’ consistent focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year. The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G, including a contiguous, nationwide network license.

Verizon Wireless is also working with rural communications companies to collaboratively build and operate a 4G network in those areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless’ core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum. Already, six rural companies have signed on to leverage Verizon Wireless’ scale for infrastructure while keeping their customers on the cutting edge of technology.

Since 2007, when Verizon Wireless jump-started the global 4G LTE ecosystem with its selection of LTE for its 4G technology, the company has developed deep partnerships to spearhead a broad LTE ecosystem, including the LTE Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass., and an LTE Applications Center, slated to open in San Francisco this fall.

Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network already reaches 110 million people, more than one-third of all Americans, and is available today in the following metropolitan areas:

  • Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Oakland, Calif.
  • San Diego, Calif.
  • San Francisco, Calif.
  • San Jose, Calif.
  • Denver, Colo.
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Miami, Fla.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Athens, Ga.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • West Lafayette, Ind.
  • New Orleans, La.
  • Baltimore, Md.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
  • St. Louis, Mo.
  • Las Vegas, Nev.
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Rochester, N.Y.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Akron, Ohio
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Seattle/Tacoma, Wash.

Additional areas to be covered by Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network in 2011 include:

  • Decatur, Ala.
  • Huntsville, Ala.*
  • Mobile, Ala.*
  • Montgomery, Ala.*
  • Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.
  • Fort Smith, Ark.
  • Little Rock, Ark.*
  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Fresno, Calif.
  • Modesto, Calif.
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • Salinas-Monterey, Calif.
  • San Luis Obispo, Calif.
  • Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Stockton, Calif.
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.*
  • Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Fairfield, Conn.
  • Hartford, Conn.
  • New Haven, Conn.
  • Daytona Beach, Fla.
  • Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Gainesville, Fla.*
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.*
  • Pensacola, Fla.*
  • Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.*
  • Tallahassee, Fla.*
  • Augusta, Ga.*
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Honolulu, Hawaii*
  • Kahului-Wailuku, Hawaii*
  • Lahaina, Hawaii*
  • Davenport, Iowa
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Boise-Nampa, Idaho*
  • Bloomington/Normal, Ill.
  • Carbondale, Ill.*
  • Champaign, Ill.
  • Rockford, Ill.
  • Springfield, Ill.
  • Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Lafayette, Ind.
  • Wichita, Kan.*
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Baton Rouge, La.*
  • Hammond, La.*
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Worcester, Mass.
  • Hagerstown, Md.
  • Flint, Mich.*
  • Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Lansing, Mich.
  • Saginaw-Bay City, Mich.
  • Starkville, Miss.
  • Asheville-Henderson, N.C.
  • Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.*
  • Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, N.C.*
  • Raleigh-Durham, N.C.*
  • Wilmington, N.C.*
  • Fargo, N.D.
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Las Cruces, N.M. Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Reno, Nev.
  • Albany, N.Y.
  • Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Dayton-Springfield, Ohio*
  • Lima, Ohio
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Tulsa, Okla.*
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pa.
  • Erie, Pa.*
  • Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Johnstown, Pa.
  • Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Pa.
  • State College, Pa.*
  • Charleston, S.C.*
  • Columbia, S.C.*
  • Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.*
  • Hilton Head, S.C.*
  • Sioux Falls, S.D.*
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.*
  • Clarksville, Tenn.*
  • Cleveland, Tenn.*
  • Dyersburg-Union City, Tenn.
  • Jackson, Tenn.
  • Kingsport-Johnson City, Tenn.-Bristol, Va.*
  • Knoxville, Tenn.*
  • Memphis, Tenn.*
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas*
  • Bryan-College Station, Texas*
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Temple-Killeen, Texas
  • Provo-Orem, Utah*
  • Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah*
  • Olympia, Wash.*
  • Centralia, Wash.*
  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Charleston, W.Va.*
  • Madison, Wis.*
  • Milwaukee, Wis.*

* Indicates a metro area previously announced in 2011

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Reader comments

Verizon Wireless still aiming for 140+ cities covered by 4G in 2011


West Lafayette, IN looks way out of place on that first list. Major metropolitan area, say what? It's nice to see Fort Wayne and Indianapolis added to the coming soon list. So my area may get coverage next year.

West Lafayette, IN may not be a major city but it has Purdue which is a huge school that has students from all over. Verizon would do well to put 4G in to schools this size to boost mind-share and get people to sign-up with their service since people rarely switch once they do.

Purdue University is usually a test market for a lot of different technology because of their engineering department.

I was hoping Evansville would be on this list, but oh well. I am happy with my Droid X and hopefully LTE will be here when I am elgible for upgrade in Aug 2012.

I'm happy with my X as well, so in a way I guess I should be glad that Evansville and Terre Haute aren't on the list.

Oh, wow. My city is on the list. Guess I'll be jumping from Sprint... made a personal deal with myself to go with the first to bring it to where I live.

I know most of you wont care but....

Austin Texas is not getting LTE before the end of the year!
Thats stupid!
The state capitol?
The home of the University of Texas ( I threw that in because an earlier post mentioned a school)?

Wonder whats up with that?

I still don't understand why they aren't including Austin, yet. Temple/Killeen, El Paso and Bryan, but no Austin? Ridiculous.

I received an email from Verizon last night with all this said and was very excited to see my home town on the list. I just wish that when they say "very soon" that it doesn't mean "end of 2011." That would be more than half a year which doesn't sound "very soon" to me. They should just say, "by the end of 2011."

This got me really excited because I was under thebidea thatvmy town wasn't going to get this until 2012 sweet! +1 on the time table too!

Well I guess I won't be switching to Verizon here in Corpus Christi,TX why do they push 4G LTE devices in areas they don't have the service in and no plans on when they will be getting the service. Them and ATT are out to screw the people..charge full price for a device that does not have the full features available for the device.

I don't know that you can say they are out to screw people when they have previously announced where LTE coverage will be. Nobody is forcing you to buy a 4G phone in a 3G-only area. Plenty of fine 3g phones out there for you in the meantime...

Is it just me, or shouldn't all State Capitals be included on intitial roll-outs? I know Albany, NY is not one of the largest, population wise, but it's still the Capital, politians, sports, etc still are a main stay. Granted, it's not NY City, but how do they determine where the intitial roll-outs go, then the follow-ups?

probably focused on reaching the more populated areas first. they may get slowed down in some areas where locals fight against having more towers nearby.

does anyone know the (unobstructed) range of LTE towers (in miles)?

One location they announced is a neighboring town 5-10 miles away, and another ~25 miles away in the other direction.. safe to say i'll see LTE speeds by the end of the year.?

I'd say it's certainly possible. The list above only states "Minneapolis-St Paul", but if one looks at the map there's 4G up to Anoka (~25 miles away)

For the lucky ones who have LTE now, how far outside of the listed cities does reliable coverage extend? I.e. If I live about 15 miles from a city listed is there a chance I'd be covered?