Verizon’s 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network is going much faster than originally expected. This is giving Verizon a distinctive lead over their competitors as they continue moving forward.
The company’s original plans were to rollout the reach of the 4g network in order to reach 185 million United States residents prior to the end of the year; however, they’ve already surpassed the goal of 185 million. Verizon has the aim of opening up 13 additional markets for LTE service by November, which will bring the total markets that have LTE to 178.
Before years end, Verizon is planning to offer an additional fifteen long-term evolution capable devices on their network. This will include such devices as the:
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus
- Motorola Droid Razr
- Motorola Droid Bionic
Verizon has put themselves into the go to carrier position for the consumer that is concerned with being able to get the fastest possible data speeds. Speeds on the LTE network surpass 3G networks 10 times, and the 4G offerings of their competitors are seriously lacking in comparison.
Sprint’s WiMAX 4G service offering doesn’t come close to the speeds that you get with the Verizon 4G LTE network. Sprint’s working to build their own long-term evolution network through a partnership with Light Squared; however, the FCC has concerns with potential GPS interference problems that the towers could cause, thus stalling rollout/build-up plans.
AT&T also looking toward building out their LTE, but AT&T is quite a bit behind the efforts of Verizon. In fact, AT&T doesn’t even have any smartphones out for their network even capable of working on an LTE network. They’ve moved their way to quietly launching their new 4G service in various major cities prior to the end of the year. Such cities as:
- San Antonio
To be completely honest, there are still millions of consumers that are outside of the Verizon LTE coverage, however, there is still no other carrier that’s even close to the progress the company is making. There were 1.4 million devices sold by Verizon in the last quarter that were LTE devices. These were sales that were generated completely by their 4G network, and these are sales that their competition had absolutely no answer back to.
The rollout speed of LTE by Verizon is proving to be just as rapid as the network is itself as well. Now the carrier is the 4G data speed leader in the industry, and the service they’re offering may just be the most attractive within the United States market.
The head start the company is enjoying is something that’s likely to continue giving them an LTE technology advantage through the next year and beyond that. Verizon is currently the #1 United States carriers, however, if they end up being supplanted by a successful merger of AT&T and T-Mobile, their LTE network will still be what sets them apart from the rest of their competition.