Verizon unveiled its LTE schedule this morning at the CTIA conference in San Francisco. Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon, detailed the company’s major network launch in 38 major metropolitan areas, covering more than 110 million Americans, by the end of the year.
McAdam said the metropolitan areas for the initial launch will include:Large sections of the Northeast Corridor, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. as well as Rochester, New YorkThroughout Miami and south Florida, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and New Orleans as well as Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, TennesseeChicagoland, St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Pittsburgh and major cities in OhioMajor population centers in California as well as Seattle, Phoenix, Denver and Las VegasIn addition, the company is launching 4G LTE in more than 60 commercial airports coast to coast – both the airports within the launch areas plus airports in other key cities.
Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments. The lower 700 MHz band that Verizon and AT&T use has advantages and disadvantages. The advantage is it can penetrate walls and has about 4 times the range of 2.6 GHz WiMAX (all other things remaining about equal). The disadvantage is that many times more users will be trying to access fewer towers. That may mean capacity limits, slower speed and data caps.