"XLTE" Expansion Boosts Capacity to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network in Gadsden Double the network capacity, higher peak speeds now in more than 350 markets nationwide

GADSDEN, Ala., Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless has expanded its newest technology – known as XLTE – in more markets including Gadsden to boost 4G LTE network capacity and enhance high-speed services for customers. Today, more than 350 of Verizon's 4G LTE 500-plus markets have been enhanced with XLTE, with more scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

XLTE utilizes Verizon's AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) spectrum, which allows Verizon to deliver significantly increased capacity – at a minimum, doubling the capacity – over its high-speed 4G LTE network.  This means more customers in high-traffic locations can access the company's most advanced technology at the same time to send photos, download videos, surf the Internet and use other popular applications on their smartphones, tablets and other devices during times of peak usage.

"We have a long-standing commitment of making investments in our network, more than $100 million across Alabama in 2013 alone. With the doubling of bandwidth on our 4G LTE network, customers in the Opelika-Auburn area can now enjoy faster data service," said Jonathan LeCompte, president for the Georgia/Alabama Region of Verizon Wireless. "Our advanced spectrum deployment is making a difference, and we are staying well ahead of demand to deliver 4G LTE services better, faster and to even more customers across the state."

XLTE technology is particularly effective in enhancing wireless network performance in settings with a concentrated group of high-data demand customers, such as densely-populated areas, rush hour commutes, concert venues, sports arenas/stadiums and other large event locations. 

First launched in December 2010, the Verizon 4G LTE network build is virtually complete, covering
more than 500 markets nationwide and nearly 97 percent of the U.S. population. Verizon's XLTE deployment is a major part of the company's ongoing commitment to enhance network reliability and superiority.  The company has invested more than $90 billion nationwide since 2000 to build and enhance its wireless network, and consistently earns top rankings from independent consumer reporting and testing institutions for network quality and performance. Most recently, Verizon Wireless was awarded best overall performance by independent mobile analytics firm RootMetrics, beating all other major wireless carriers in the state of Alabama in Speed and Data Performance.

For additional information on the Verizon 4G LTE network, XLTE coverage markets and more, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest and most reliable 4G LTE network.  As the largest wireless company in the U.S., Verizon Wireless serves 104.6 million retail customers, including 98.6 million retail postpaid customers.  Verizon Wireless is wholly owned by Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com.  For the latest news and updates about Verizon Wireless, visit our News Center at http://www.verizonwireless.com/news or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VZWNews

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