2/3 of U.S. to Have Verizon LTE Coverage This Weekend
It's going to be a big weekend for Verizon and its customers.
Verizon Wireless today confirmed that its 4G LTE network will cover more than two-thirds of the U.S. population this weekend when 27 new markets come online and another 44 markets are expanded as of April 19th.
“This year represents a year of growth and investment in our 4G LTE network," Verizon says, "which stands out by virtue of its superb combination of coverage, speed and the variety of devices that we offer customers.”
This development is only fueling rumors that Apple will introduce a 4G LTE-ready iPhone this fall. If so, both Verizon and AT&T will be ready to provide coverage over much of the United States by then. With Apple currently offering LTE compatibility through AT&T and Verizon on the new iPad, it seems inevitable that such an attribute will find its way to the next-gen iPhone.
“Verizon Wireless 4G LTE is the premier wireless data service in the nation, with more than six times the geographic coverage of our nearest competitor’s 4G LTE network and now available to more than two-thirds of the nation’s population,” said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. “We will continue to introduce new markets and expand covered markets to ensure even more wireless users across the United States can take advantage of the benefits that 4G LTE brings to consumers, small businesses and enterprises."