Basking Ridge, N.J. - Verizon Wireless will roll out its 4G LTE network to 27 new markets on April 19, bringing 4G service to a total of 230 markets, the carrier announced.
Combined with an expansion of its LTE footprint that day in 44 existing LTE markets, Verizon said it will be providing LTE service to two-thirds of the U.S. population. Its LTE service is currently available to 200 million.
By the end of 2012, Verizon will expand its LTE network to more than 400 markets, reaching more than 260 million people.
Verizon Wireless currently offers more than 20 4G LTE-enabled devices. With these devices, subscribers in fully loaded networks should experience average download throughputs of 5 to 12Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5Mbps, the carrier said.
Verizon chief technology officer David Small said Verizon offers more than six times the geographic coverage of the next-largest LTE network, operated by AT&T.
For its part, AT&T said its LTE network, as of January 2012, covered 94 million people in 32 markets in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The carrier, however, plans to double its LTE population coverage by the end of 2012. When combining its 4G HSPA+ and 4G LTE networks, AT&T said it currently offers 4G service in markets, reaching almost 250 million people.
AT&T expects to finish its LTE rollout by the end of 2013.
As for Verizon's expansion, Verizon said it will launch LTE service on April 19 in the following markets: Auburn and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Pine Bluff, Siloam Springs and Van Buren, Ark.; Visalia/Porterville, Calif.; Fort Walton Beach and Ocala, Fla.; Brunswick, LaGrange and Macon/Warner Robins, Ga.; Peoria, Ill.; Kokomo/Logansport and Marion, Ind.; Dodge City, Garden City, Great Bend and Hays, Kan.; Salisbury, Md.; Cattaraugus/Allegany, N.Y.; Sandusky, Ohio; Ardmore and Ponca City, Okla.; Salem/Albany/Corvallis, Ore.; Pierre, S.D.; and Big Springs and Tyler, Texas.
Verizon on April 19 will also expand its LTE footprint in these markets: Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, Sacramento, Salinas/Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and Stockton, Calif.; Colorado Springs and Fort Collins/Loveland, Colo.; Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.; Boise/Nampa, Idaho; Carbondale/Marion and Rockford, Ill.; Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Ind.; Des Moines, Iowa; Boston and Worcester, Mass.; Detroit, Mich.; St. Louis; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Manchester/Nashua, N.H.; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.; Buffalo/Niagara Falls and New York, N.Y.; Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; Portland, Ore.; Providence/Pawtucket, R.I.; Nashville, Tenn.; El Paso, Texas; Provo/Orem and Salt Lake City/Ogden, Utah; and Olympia/Centralia and Spokane, Wash.