Verizon 4G LTE rolling out ahead of schedule, more than 186 million Americans covered

Verizon Wireless announced on Monday that its 4G LTE network is rolling out faster than originally planned. The carrier provides 4G access to more than 186 million Americans, which means it has already exceeded its goal to cover 185 million U.S. residents by the end of the year. Verizon Wireless confirmed it will roll out 4G LTE to 13 more markets on November 17th, for a total of 178 markets, and said it will continue to activate its 4G network in new cities in December. Verizon Wireless said it will soon offer a total of 15 4G LTE devices, including the newly announced DROID RAZR and Samsung Stratosphere, and that it has more 4G LTE announcements planned for November and December. Read on for the announcement from Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Network Now Covers More Than 186 Million Americans

Less than a year ago we introduced our 4G LTE network to the nation, rolling it out in 38 cities with coverage available to 110 million Americans. At that time we announced an aggressive goal of bringing our 4G LTE network to more than 185 million Americans by the end of 2011.

On Thursday, Oct. 20, we turned on our 4G LTE network in 22 new markets including Green Bay, Wis. and Buffalo, NY. With these new cities we tipped the scale and I can now officially, and proudly, say that we have surpassed our goal. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network covers more than 186 million Americans from coast to coast.

With two months still left in 2011, we have no plans to slow down. Thirteen more cities, including Kansas City, Mo. and Roanoke, Va., will have access to Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network on Nov. 17. That will bring our total market count to 178 for the year, with December still to be announced.

To coincide with the rapid expansion of our 4G LTE network, we’ve steadily introduced an array of 4G LTE-enabled devices, ranging from notebooks and netbooks; to hotspots and modems; and tablets and smartphones. With our two newest devices, the DROID RAZR™ by Motorola and Samsung Stratosphere™, we now offer consumers 15 4G LTE-enabled devices to choose from.

We’re excited to lead the market in the deployment of 4G LTE technology and look forward to continuing to set the pace.

Stay tuned in November and December for additional 4G LTE announcements!

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