SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless today announced that its customers will have access to its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in more places, when the company expands its 4G LTE network on Aug. 16. in 38 markets, including communities in southeastern South Dakota, and launches coverage in 34 new markets.
The expanded 4G LTE coverage area will include the communities of Canton, Freeman, Parker, Viborg and Yankton, as well as the following highways:
- North of Yankton on U.S. Highway 81 to Freeman;
- East of U.S. Highway 81 on U.S. Highway 18 and State Highway 44 to Interstate 29;
- And, East from I-29 on U.S. Highway 18 to the Iowa border.
In addition to expanding its 4G LTE network in South Dakota, Verizon Wireless is launching new coverage in the Aberdeen area on Aug. 16. Verizon Wireless first launched its 4G LTE network in Sioux Falls on June 1, 2011 followed by Rapid City on Nov. 16, 2011. This year the company has also launched its 4G LTE network in Pierre, Mitchell, Brookings and Madison as well as communities east and west of Rapid City in a market expansion.
"The expansion of our 4G high-speed network will enable customers to use their 4G LTE devices in more parts of South Dakota to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues, all with speeds up to 10 times faster than before," said Seamus Hyland, president-Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. "We will continue expanding and enhancing our 4G LTE network in this state and across the country to provide our customers with the best wireless experience possible."
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is America's largest 4G network with coverage available to nearly 75 percent of the U.S. population. With the new and expanded markets, the company's 4G LTE network will be available to 371 markets across the United States. By year's end, the company plans for its 4G LTE network to cover more than 400 U.S. markets.
4G LTE Coverage and Speed
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 4G LTE customers should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, 4G LTE devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless' 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless' 3G network is the most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their area, or when they travel to areas already covered by 4G LTE.
For more information about Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte. Coverage maps are available online.
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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE,NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE,NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
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