Verizon LTE

Verizon this morning announced that the fine folks of Parkersburg, WVa., are the proud recipients of its 500th 4G LTE market, and that the rollout of its high-speed data is "substantially complete," blanketing 99 percent of its network. Verizon says more than 95 percent of the U.S. population — some 298 million people — have access to its LTE network. (Though obviously they're not all Verizon customers.)

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Some 57 percent of of data Verizon served up is done over its LTE network.

So what's next? Verizon at a press event said its Voice Over LTE network — VoLTE — will start up in earnest in late 2014 with its first all-LTE smartphone. That will mark the beginning of the end of CDMA, though that's going to be a long wind-down. We're talking years.

Source: Verizon; More: GigaOm

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