Verizon Wireless covers 190 markets and 200 million people with the its 4G LTE network. It is the largest and most advanced 4G network in the United States, and possibly the world, no matter what other companies may claim. The carrier plans on going all in on LTE, having it become a “hard requirement” for future devices. Whether it is smartphones, tablet, or mobile hotspots, all future devices will feature 4G LTE connectivity. Read on for more.
When talking with CNET, Keith Lampron, Verizon’s associate director of device marketing, said that Verizon isn’t just an Android and iPhone carrier. The company has every intention of further supporting BlackBerry and adding more Windows Phones to its lineup, however they must meet the 4G LTE requirement moving forward. The only devices omitted from the new LTE standards are phones that run on Verizon’s push-to-talk network, which will remain 3G-only for the time being.
The carrier is on track to complete its LTE network by the end of 2013, according to Lampron. While Verizon may have the largest and most advanced network, it has not been the most stable, with three nationwide 4G LTE outages in the month of December. However, Verizon remains optimistic and claims the outages were the result of inevitable growing pains. “We’re paving the way here for the rest of the world on LTE,” said Lampron.